Wilder Offered $50 Million By DAZN
DAZN has laid down a significant offer for Deontay Wilder to jump from Showtime/Fox to their digital platform.
As reported earlier this week, the Perform Group owned platform is making a serious play towards the WBC heavyweight champion, with a reported two fight deal. On Wednesday, the World Boxing News reported that Wilder has been offered $50 million to fight two times on DAZN.
Wilder would be offered $25 million a fight for two WBC world heavyweight title defense, but would only get a fight with unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in a new contract.
Much like the negotiations with Gennady Golovkin, Eddie Hearn will have a minimal role in the talks with Wilder, as his co-manager Shelly Finkel does not get along with the second generation promoter.
“There’s an opportunity for someone to be if you like, a mediator to try and get it done,” said Hearn.
“I think any input from me would be a negative one. In terms of trying to move things forward because of the relationship. So I’ll leave it in the hands of the broadcasters (DAZN) to try and effectively be a mediator.
“It’s not just about doing a deal with Wilder, it’s about doing a deal with Joshua, for the fight,” Hearn explained. “They’ve got their work cut out. But the pieces are coming together. There’s a long way to go, a long way to go.
“We’ll see where it goes. But there is now a strategy in place and a route in place that could lead us to an undisputed fight,” he added.
With Wilder eyeing a return in May against mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale, there is no certainty where the fight will air as Wilder proclaimed himself a “free agent” after Tyson Fury signed with ESPN.
Initial Report: World Boxing News