Eddie Hearn does not believe Deontay Wilder has officially rejected DAZN’s $100million offer yet, though appeared downbeat on the likelihood of a unification fight.
The streaming giant were prepared to pay Wilder $20m (£15m) to fight WBC mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale in May, and $80m (£60m) for two fights against Anthony Joshua later in the year and at the start of 2020.
But Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel has hinted that the Breazeale fight will not be shown on DAZN, throwing a unification fight against AJ into doubt once again.
Just a few days ago, Hearn had been very optimistic that Joshua and Wilder would finally meet in November or December of this year after DAZN held talks with the Bronze Bomber in New York.
But he was far coyer on the prospect of a long-awaited unification fight on Friday night, and Wilder is expected to announce at a press conference on Tuesday that the Breazeale fight will be shown on Showtime pay-per-view.
Asked by IFL TV if DAZN’s offer to Wilder is now dead in the water, Hearn said: ‘I don’t know. I know perhaps as much as you. Obviously I’ve spoke to DAZN executive chairman John Skipper and shrugs shoulders.
I don’t want to say anything until I know the truth. I don’t think anything has been officially turned down, but I’m just looking forward to the truth on Tuesday that’s all.’ Team
Although Wilder vs Breazeale is unlikely to be shown on DAZN, the 33-year-old heavyweight champion is not believed to have closed the door on working with the streaming service in the future.
Nevertheless, Wilder rejecting such a lucrative offer would be a huge blow to Team Joshua, who wanted his US debut against Jarrell Miller at Madison Square Garden to be followed soon after by a unification fight.