Deontay Wilder Rejects DAZN's Mega $100 Million Deal To Fight Anthony Joshua
Deontay Wilder has reportedly rejected DAZN's $100 million offer to fight Anthony Joshua.
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 tabled him a mega contract. The report claims they offered Wilder a three-fight deal worth a reported $100 million.
The deal included two bouts with unified heavyweight king Anthony Joshua in 2020.
However, Wilder appears set to turn down DAZN's lucrative offer according to Mike Coppinger.
Deontay Wilder will formally announce his network decision on Tuesday, but expectation is that he will reject @DAZN_USA's offer, sources tell @SInow. DAZN has aggressively pursued Wilder in the last week, offering him a multi-fight deal that would well exceed $100 million.
- Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) March 14, 2019
SOURCES: Deontay Wilder is in the process of completing a new multi-fight deal; his May 18 fight vs. Dominic Breazeale won't take place on DAZN. Wilder's co-manager, Shelly Finkel, confirmed. News conference on Tuesday. @SIChrisMannix first reported next fight not on DAZN
- Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) March 14, 2019
"Deontay Wilder is in the process of completing a new multi-fight deal; his May 18 fight vs. Dominic Breazeale won't take place on DAZN. Wilder's co-manager, Shelly Finkel, confirmed. News conference on Tuesday. @SIChrisMannix first reported next fight not on DAZN."
So, Wilder 'is in the process of completing a new multi-fight deal' ahead of defending his WBC heavyweight world title against mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale on May 18th.
It remains to be seen who he inks a deal with.
The Wilder vs. Breazeale formal announcement is set for March 19th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, so all the information will be revealed by then.
Status of the Heavyweight Division: WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder shall fulfill his mandatory obligations by fighting Dominic Breazeale next.
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- World Boxing Council (@WBCBoxing) March 6, 2019
It's another spanner in the works.
Wilder was slated to rematch Tyson Fury following their epic bout last year but a second fight collapsed after the 'Gypsy King' penned a huge television contract with ESPN.
Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua will make his American debut on June 1st as he defends his WBA (super), WBO and IBF heavyweight belts versus Jarrell Miller in New York.
Will Joshua, Wilder or Fury fight each other in 2019? Here's hoping they do.