Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder: American ‘expected to reject’ $100million+ DAZN broadcast deal

Deontay Wilder is reportedly expected to reject a huge offer from Anthony Joshua’s US broadcaster DAZN that would see the pair meet in 2019.

It’s claimed the free agent was offered a deal that would see him earn upwards of $100million to fight mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale, then Anthony Joshua twice if all went to plan.

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DAZN’s idea was for Wilder to unify against Joshua if they both won their interim bouts this summer

However, according to Sports Illustrated journalist Chris Mannix, Wilder will reveal he has turned down this proposal when he announces his next fight on Tuesday.

It is already known that the WBC heavyweight champion must defend his title against mandatory challenger Breazeale next, but it is unclear which US network will host the bout.

Reports from Ring Magazine journalist Mike Coppinger suggested that Deontay Wilder had been offered $20million to place that fight on DAZN, before then facing AJ with a guaranteed rematch – earning over $40million for each, and therefore a total of $100million+ for all three.

DAZN's Reported Wilder Offer

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Fight 1: Dominic Breazeale

Date – Mid 2019

Purse – $20million

Fight 2: Anthony Joshua

Date – Late 2019

Purse – $40million+


Fight 3: Anthony Joshua Rematch

Date – Early 2020

Purse – $40million+

Until recently the American has been quietly loyal to Showtime – the broadcaster he is aligned to through adviser Al Haymon.

But in the wake of Tyson Fury’s ESPN deal, which scuppered their rematch, Wilder publicly declared his free agency and courted offers from both ESPN and DAZN.

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Manager Shelly Finkel has confirmed Deontay Wilder vs Dominic Breazeale won’t be on DAZN

A decision to stay put on Showtime or Haymon’s other broadcaster FOX for the Breazeale bout is a blow to the potential guaranteed structure DAZN would have offered with regards to making Joshua vs Wilder a reality.

Nevertheless, it doesn’t rule the WBC champion out of the undisputed title fight completely and he could return to the table for a DAZN deal specifically centered around the undisputed title clash, assuming he first comes through his mandatory defence.

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