Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder closer to unification fight, says Eddie Hearn

Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder closer to unification fight, says Eddie Hearn

Wilder now holds the heavyweight WBC title and is looking for an opponent after Tyson Fury turned down the opportunity of having a rematch with the American. "I don't have anything to announce, so I don't have any comment, other than we want to put the best fights on DAZN".

Wilder earned around £12.5m for his dramatic draw against Tyson Fury.

And with Wilder vs Fury 2 seemingly no longer on the table, Hearn believes we could see "AJ" lock horns with "The Bronze Bomber" by year's end.

However, Kownacki's promoter Keith Connolly tells Sky Sports: 'We have spoken with Wilder's promoter Al Haymon and the thinking is that Adam has one more fight to be ready for a world title fight in December. "When deciding on where I wanted to continue my career, DAZN's global vision perfectly matched my goals - not just for my career but the opportunity to showcase talented Eastern European fighters to the world".

Eddie Hearn is optimistic a deal can be agreed for Anthony Joshua to fight Deontay Wilder, stating "the pieces are coming together".

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"It's pretty clear that one fight people want to see is Joshua and Wilder". It has not been discussed what effect Wilder's potential relationship with DAZN could have on the chances for a rematch.

Although there had been reports of Deontay Wilder's next fight against Dominic Breazeale being a potential pay-per-view fight, Wilder is not exactly 100 percent on board with the idea of it being a pay-per-view event. He's already proved that he's very good at doing that.

"Wilder's going to fight Breazeale, that's his mandatory".

Wilder is now being planned for a May 18 return to the ring, potentially at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

But it seems with the 33-year-old that contract talks at agreeing fights aren't his speciality as another setback in that deal scuppered a second meeting with Fury. If Wilder and Joshua both win their interim fights and Wilder signs with DAZN, they would likely meet for the undisputed title in the fall. It is a six fight deal said to be in the 8-figure range.


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