Anthony Joshua has been on a roller coaster ride in booking a unification match against Deontay Wilder.
Now that he’s scheduled to fight Jarell Miller on June 1, boxing promoter Eddie Hearn recognizes another possibility in making the historic AJ vs Wilder match happen and the WBC heavyweight champ confirmed it.
After failing to bid for a fight against the ‘Bronze Bomber’ following a phenomenal fight against Tyson Fury, it led the British the WBA (super), IBF, WBO and IBO champion to a boxing showdown against Miller.
📝 Eddie Hearn has revealed his latest offer to Deontay Wilder for the Anthony Joshua fight:
📊 65/35 Purse Split
🇺🇸 Guaranteed US Rematch
❓ 70/30 Or 50/50 Rematch Split
📋 (Depending On First Result)
⬆️ He then added that they will now increase the first fight split to 60/40.
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) January 17, 2019
Don’t Wanna Fight
Dillian Whyte to Eddie Hearn on Wilder’s $50mill offer to AJ ~ ‘I’ve seen that the money was there’. pic.twitter.com/wG6m20V4nD
— BOXING CORNER 2️⃣4️⃣/7️⃣ (@boxingcorner247) February 3, 2019
John Skipper Way
Despite all this, Hearn recognized a ‘brilliant chance’ in booking the Wilder match after Tyson Fury recently signed a multi-fight deal with American broadcasting giant ESPN.
Prior to the deal, the Gypsy King’s rematch with the Bronze Bomber seemed certain but Fury’s new contract led Wilder looking for an opponent elsewhere.
The WBC titleholder is reportedly set to meet John Skipper, the executive chairman of streaming service DAZN, leading Hearn to the idea of finally sealing the AJ-Wilder match.
“It’s fantastic, I think we’ve got a brilliant chance of making the Joshua fight,” Hearn said via The Sun.
“The only way that deal was ever going to get made was doing it this way – the John Skipper way. He’s gotta be the one, in my opinion, that brokers the deal. He’s already proved that he’s very good at doing that.”
“And I think he will get Wilder, I do. I think that he will put the deal together for Wilder to fight Joshua,” he concluded.
Wilder, meanwhile, gave an assurance that the unification bout will happen as he is preparing for a dialogue with DAZN.
“The fight (Joshua) is going to happen. The fight will happen for sure. I don’t want people worrying about whether they’ll see this fight happen or not.”
“You will see the Deontay Wilder vs Anthony Joshua show. We will be one champion, one face, one name and it might be soon,” the WBC champ told Thaboxingvoice.
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Deontay Wilder and Instagram/Anthony Joshua