Anthony Joshua's fight with Deontay Wilder moves closer as DAZN launch £80m offer


Anthony Joshua and Wilder are both heavyweight champions, with the Brit holding three of the four belts for the division.

Wilder holds the other and fans have been desperate for the pair to clash in a battle for the undisputed crown.

There were multiple reports that offers had been sent to and from both camps, with a deal yet to be made.

That was partly down to broadcasting rights, with Joshua having a deal with Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US.

Deontay Wilder, meanwhile, is with Showtime in the States but that could all be about to change.

DAZN have offered Wilder a three-fight deal worth around £80m, with two of those fights being against AJ.

Wilder has to compete in a mandatory defence against Dominic Breazeale but DAZN want the American’s following two fights to be with Joshua.

The fight with Breazeale is expected to take place this summer while Joshua takes on Jarrell Miller on June 1.

Wilder held a meeting with DAZN earlier this week to discuss terms with the WBC champion keen for Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn not to be involved.

That’s after a number of failed attempts to agree a bout with Matchroom Boxing, who Hearn is in charge of.

And the promoter recently revealed that the Joshua and Wilder bout could be close.

“It’s very encouraging,” Hearn said.

“I’m not going to say too much on it, because I don’t want to jinx anything.

“But I think there’s an opportunity there for someone to be a mediator to get the fight done.

“Clearly, the relationship between Team Wilder and Team Joshua is not the best.

“I think this is a route that is going to be very beneficial to the making of that undisputed fight.

“It’s not just about doing a deal with Wilder, it’s about doing a deal with Joshua.

“They’ve got their work cut out, but the pieces are coming together. There’s a long way to go but we’ll see where it goes.

“Now I think there’s a strategy in place that could lead us to this fight. There’s a clear desire from both sides to make the fight (happen).”

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