Anthony Joshua: Boxer edges closer to Deontay Wilder showdown with £66m offer

Postado Março 17, 2019

Deontay Wilder has reportedly rejected DAZN's $100 million offer to fight Anthony Joshua.

Wilder, along with managers Shelly Finkel and Al Haymon, met with DAZN chiefs in NY on Tuesday to discuss a potential fight with Joshua on the streaming service.

However, Wilder appears set to turn down DAZN's lucrative offer according to Mike Coppinger.

The venue would most likely be the United States with DAZN keen to boost their subscriber numbers by having the fight on at prime time on that side of the Atlantic.

The deal included two bouts with unified heavyweight king Anthony Joshua in 2020.

The portal to World Boxing News reports that DAZN offered Wilder $ 50-million contract for two fights. Wilder's co-manager, Shelly Finkel, confirmed.

"Some people have been down on it but it's Joshua's first fight here in the United States, probably a sell-out at Madison Square Garden, loads of British fans will come over".

The breakdown of the deal would see Wilder earn $20m for facing Breazeale in his mandatory title defence before a unification fight against Joshua in November or December of this year.

It remains to be seen who he inks a deal with.

It's another spanner in the works.

Hopes of a Joshua-Wilder clash, which had subsided after a long series of failed negotiations, had grown again in the past week, with the latter having indicated he could be willing to step away from Showtime.

Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua will make his American debut on June 1st as he defends his WBA (super), WBO and IBF heavyweight belts versus Jarrell Miller in NY.

Wilder instead fought Tyson Fury last December, although terms for a rematch following their draw were not agreed, and he has now been ordered to defend his title against Dominic Breazeale.