Fresh hope for an undisputed heavyweight showdown next year
Eddie Hearn has declared that a very serious new offer has now been made to Deontay Wilder’s team for the Anthony Joshua fight.
The American’s representatives recently stated they would be unwilling to meet with AJ’s team unless they submitted a “real offer” for the fight, and Hearn claims he has now responded by doing just that.
“We made another offer yesterday, this time a percentage with a guarantee as well,” the promoter told reporters at the WBC convention.
“[We’re] hoping we can actually get a meeting, I didn’t know it was so hard to get a meeting with Shelly Finkel [Wilder’s co-manager].
“He ain’t got nothing else to do.”
Previous unsuccessful negotiations for Joshua vs Wilder saw both sides firing big-money, flat fee offers at one another to no avail.
Talks for many recent big fights have started off with flat fee offers being bandied about, before both teams ultimately sit down to work out a percentage split agreement.
Both Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao and Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin followed a similar pattern.
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While this latest development is no guarantee that Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder will happen on the proposed date of April 13 at Wembley Stadium, it is certainly a step in the right direction.
Before any of this can take place however, Deontay Wilder must overcome Tyson Fury when they meet on December 1.
The pair have clashed at their first press conferences and Fury will undoubtedly be keen to throw a spanner in the works, ruining all of Joshua’s and Wilder’s future plans.
Should the fight not come to fruition next April, Hearn confirmed Dillian Whyte is “standing by” and will jump in to face AJ instead.