Deontay Wilder Offered Two-Fight, $50 Million DAZN Deal Before Unification With Anthony Joshua

Deontay Wilder has reportedly been offered a two-fight, $50 million deal leading into a unification with Anthony Joshua over two fights in 2020.

Wilder, along with managers Shelly Finkel and Al Haymon as well as promoter Lou DiBella, met with DAZN executive chairman John Skipper.

And according to World Boxing News, DAZN have tabled a massive contract. The report claims they've offered Wilder $50 million (£38 million) in a two-fight deal.

The double fight deal would lead into an undisputed heavyweight unification bout with Joshua over two fights in 2020.

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Image: PA

So, Wilder would be set up to earn $25 million apiece for two fights before fighting Joshua, providing he comes out victorious in both match-ups.

The undefeated-American champion would then be in a position to negotiate a new deal for the Joshua fight.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, won't be involved in talks considering the tension with Team Wilder.

"There's an opportunity for someone to be if you like, a mediator to try and get it done," he said.

"Clearly the relationship between Team Wilder and Team Joshua isn't the best. I think this is a route that is going to be very beneficial to making that undisputed fight.

"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."

Hearn added: "It's not just about doing a deal with Wilder, it's about doing a deal with Joshua, for the fight.

"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."

Will Wilder strike a deal with DAZN? Watch this space.

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.

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