Deontay Wilder will attend a meeting with DAZN chiefs next week regarding a potential broadcast deal, according to reports.
Despite being aligned with adviser Al Haymon (whose fighters generally appear on Showtime/Fox) the WBC heavyweight world champion is a network free agent and is now weighing up his options.
According to Ring Magazine journalist Mike Coppinger, Wilder’s promoter Lou DiBella has set up face-to-face talks with John Skipper – the Executive Chairman of fledgling streaming service DAZN.
It’s believed Wilder, DiBella and Haymon will attend the meeting alongside manager Shelly Finkel, where they are expected to be presented with a new multi-fight deal to join up with the platform.
Until recently, the American was being lined up for a rematch with Tyson Fury, but this fell apart when the ‘Gypsy King’ linked with rival network ESPN.
Now, Anthony Joshua has re-entered the fray because he is signed to DAZN on a fight-by-fight basis in America.
The unified heavyweight champion is set to return against Jarrell Miller on June 1 and his promoter Eddie Hearn suggested a deal to recruit Wilder earlier this month.
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However, due to the bitter fall-out from their failed negotiations last year, the ‘Bronze Bomber’ had no interest in meeting with Hearn.
Therefore DiBella is now attempting to revive a deal directly with DAZN themselves.
The idea would be for Deontay Wilder to make his next defence against mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale in May/June and then have the undisputed title bout with Anthony Joshua at the end of 2019.