Hearn Claims Wilder-Joshua Deal Is “Closer”
Deontay Wilder’s $50 million offer may have bridged the gap to a fight between he and Anthony Joshua to unify the world heavyweight championships
In an interview with Sky Sports, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn claimed a deal was “closer,” while he awaits a meeting with Shelly Finkel and Wilder’s other managers.
“There are other models and offers to explore, more details to explore. But the conversation is ongoing,” Hearn said on Thursday.
“The positive thing to come out of this – whether it’s a PR move or has substance – it’s bringing the fight closer,” Hearn said of the offer that Wilder personally emailed.
“From our side, absolutely no doubt that this is the fight Joshua wants next. I believe Wilder wants it next.”
“This has opened up the negotiations. It has everybody excited, it has everybody talking. Will this particular offer work? Maybe, but until we see the intrinsic side of the deal, we don’t know… I’ve written back and said we’d be very interested in that offer, but we can’t rely on your email. We need to see a proof of funds and formal paperwork. There is lots to discuss.
“For a fighter to send another fighter an email, telling them about this money, is very strange.
Original Story: Sky Sports