WBC Champion Deontay Wilder To Announce Next Title Defense

Aubrey Yates
March 15, 2019

Matchroom Boxing head Eddie Hearn has revealed that the signs of a unification bout between Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua later this year are positive, as reported on Talksport.

DAZN, which signed unified middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez to an athlete-record five-year, 11-fight, $365 million deal last fall; Gennady Golovkin to a three-year, six-fight, nine-figure deal last week; and also is working with Joshua on a fight-by-fight basis, has made signing Wilder a priority.

Wilder has since been ordered to defend his title against Dominic Breazeale but has reached out to DAZN - who broadcast Joshua's fights in the U.S. - to discuss a potential bout.

"Now I think there's a strategy in place that could lead us to this fight".

However, Kownacki's promoter Keith Connolly tells Sky Sports: 'We have spoken with Wilder's promoter Al Haymon and the thinking is that Adam has one more fight to be ready for a world title fight in December.

And with Wilder vs Fury 2 seemingly no longer on the table, Hearn believes we could see "AJ" lock horns with "The Bronze Bomber" by year's end.

"Clearly the relationship between Team Wilder and Team Joshua isn't the best".

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Heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder, who has been vocal about his desire to make bigger money and to have bigger fights, could be on his way. He's already proved that he's very good at doing that.

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

Per Mike Coppinger of The Ring, Wilder and DAZN Executive Chairman John Skipper will get together this week in a meeting put together by promoter Lou DiBella.

The press conference will be held at Barclays Center and mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale will be in attendance.

Wilder is now being planned for a May 18 return to the ring, potentially at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Will Wilder strike a deal with DAZN?

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.

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