Wilder To Meet With DAZN
Deontay Wilder’s days with Showtime/FOX may be numbered, as the WBC world heavyweight champion will speak with DAZN.
Per Mike Coppinger of The Ring, Wilder and DAZN Executive Chairman John Skipper will get together this week in a meeting put together by promoter Lou DiBella.
Wilder notified his advisers Al Haymon, founder of Premier Boxing Champions, who have promoted Wilder’s fights on Showtime, and Shelly Finkel of the opportunity.
According to the report, Skipper and DAZN will offer a multi-fight deal to Wilder, that will see him make at least $20 million per fight, with the second fight seeing him and Anthony Joshua finally battle for the undisputed world heavyweight title.
“I personally never have any comment until we have something to announce,” Skipper told DAZN’s Chris Mannix during the introductory press conference for Gennady Golovkin. “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.
“We want to put the fights on that people want to see. It’s pretty clear that one fight people want to see is Anthony Joshua fight Deontay Wilder. That’s all the comment I have on that.”
While Wilder has fought the majority of his career on Showtime, following Tyson Fury signing a deal with ESPN and Top Rank, which derailed a rematch of their 2018 encounter, Wilder made it known he was a “free agent.”
Top Rank offered Wilder a two-fight deal with a $12.5 million for the first fight, and PBC offered to push a potential fight with WBC mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale to Pay-Per-View.
In-turn, Matchroom Boxing CEO, Eddie Hearn, offered Wilder a multi-fight deal that would have given him $30 million for a fight with Joshua.