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Hearn: Joshua and Wilder on course for bout later this year

Hearn: Joshua and Wilder on course for bout later this year

Wilder, along with managers Shelly Finkel and Al Haymon and promoter Lou DiBella, met with DAZN executive chairman John Skipper and members of his staff in NY on Tuesday about a possible deal that would bring Wilder to the sports streaming service and include a potential fall fight for the undisputed heavyweight championship against three-belt titleholder Anthony Joshua, who is also fighting on DAZN.

While Wilder has fought the majority of his career on Showtime, following Tyson Fury signing a deal with ESPN and Top Rank, which derailed a rematch of their 2018 encounter, Wilder made it known he was a "free agent".

In-turn, Matchroom Boxing CEO, Eddie Hearn, offered Wilder a multi-fight deal that would have given him $30 million for a fight with Joshua.

Wilder now holds the heavyweight WBC title and is looking for an opponent after Tyson Fury turned down the opportunity of having a rematch with the American.

WBA, WBO and IBF world champion Joshua makes his United States debut against Jarrell Miller at Madison Square Garden on June 1, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

But Wilder, Haymon and Finkel have a poor relationship with Hearn and to get a deal with Wilder done, Hearn said it would be up to Skipper to negotiate a deal as he had done with Golovkin and Alvarez.

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"November/December", Hearn said when asked a possible date for the fight. "When deciding on where I wanted to continue my career, DAZN's global vision perfectly matched my goals - not just for my career but the opportunity to showcase talented Eastern European fighters to the world".

And should he get past "Big Baby", Hearn can foresee Joshua vs Wilder taking place a few months later. I think this is a route that is going to be very beneficial to making that undisputed fight.

Top Rank reportedly recently offered Wilder a two-fight deal that brought in US$12.5 million for the first bout, forcing PBC to push its proposed bout with Breazeale to PPV in order to make its own deal more financially rewarding.

"They've got their work cut out, but the pieces are coming together".

"We'll see where it goes". "I don't have anything to announce, so I don't have any comment, other than we want to put the best fights on DAZN".