Eddie Hearn on potential fight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder

Anthony Joshua and Eddie Hearn
Anthony Joshua and Eddie Hearn

Anthony Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn has expressed caution over an offer of 50 million US dollars from rival champion Deontay Wilder for a world heavyweight title unification fight.

Wilder, who holds the WBC version of the title, made the unusual move of emailing Joshua directly to insist his backers had the money - worth £35.9million - for the bout which could take place later this year.

Hearn explained that he still required plenty of assurances before committing to any deal, and said talks that he expected to happen with Wilder's representatives in New York on Thursday were called off.

But Hearn added that he was optimistic a deal to make the biggest bout in the division was drawing closer.

Hearn told Sky Sports News: "We were supposed to meet today with (Wilder's promoter) Shelly Finkel and (manager) Al Haymon. They cancelled that meeting, which was disappointing. I've requested a meeting for tomorrow. We'll see if we can get on that one.

"There is no deal - there's no contract, there's no serious offer. We have to determine if it is a PR move or a genuine offer.

"For a fighter to send another fighter an email telling them they've got this money is very strange, but it is a wonderful PR move.

"I think it's bringing the fight closer. From our side absolutely no doubt this is the fight that Anthony Joshua wants next. I believe Deontay Wilder wants this fight next so that's always a great move."

Joshua is seen as favourite should the two meet, as he's 4/9 to beat the American while Wilder is 15/8 to claim Joshua's three belts.

Joshua added the WBO title to the IBF and WBA belts he already owned when he dispatched Joseph Parker in a gruelling contest in Cardiff last month.

Meanwhile Wilder extended his professional record to 40 straight wins when he produced a superb 10th-round knockout over Luis Ortiz to retain his own title last month.

Wilder has reportedly agreed to make the next defence of his WBC crown against fellow American Dominic Breazeale, whom Joshua dispatched with ease in an IBF title defence two years ago.

But Hearn is clearly determined that if a deal between Joshua and Wilder can be done, the unification contest should take place sooner rather than later.

Hearn added: "This is the fight that boxing needs: an undisputed heavyweight championship of the world must be made. Let's forget 'after', let's do it now."

Related boxing links

Like what you've read?
Help your friends Know It All by sharing this article to your social media.

Most Read

Kalondra wins at Cheltenham1

BetVictor Gold Cup Preview

David Ord provides a horse-by-horse guide to Saturday’s BetVictor Gold Cup with a Neil Mulholland-trained improver taken to score.

Alex Hammond reflects on the achievements of Roaring Lion2

Alex Hammond: Rather Be with favourite

Alex Hammond has her best bets for the Cheltenham November Meeting and her thoughts on Footpad too.

You can watch Dimitri van den Bergh's nine-darter below (Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)3

Watch: Van den Bergh's nine-darter

Dimitri van den Bergh hit a nine-dart finish during his second-round victory over Stephen Bunting at the Grand Slam of Darts.

Check out our daily preview with tips for every race4

Thursday's racing preview

David Clough makes Anycity his best Thursday bet at Southwell and he has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Michael van Gerwen is the defending champion at the Grand Slam of Darts (Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)5

Grand Slam of Darts 2018

The full group draw, daily schedule, results & odds from the Sky Sports-televised Grand Slam of Darts, which features players from both the PDC and BDO.

Most Read

Kalondra wins at Cheltenham1

BetVictor Gold Cup Preview

David Ord provides a horse-by-horse guide to Saturday’s BetVictor Gold Cup with a Neil Mulholland-trained improver taken to score.

Alex Hammond reflects on the achievements of Roaring Lion2

Alex Hammond: Rather Be with favourite

Alex Hammond has her best bets for the Cheltenham November Meeting and her thoughts on Footpad too.

You can watch Dimitri van den Bergh's nine-darter below (Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)3

Watch: Van den Bergh's nine-darter

Dimitri van den Bergh hit a nine-dart finish during his second-round victory over Stephen Bunting at the Grand Slam of Darts.

Check out our daily preview with tips for every race4

Thursday's racing preview

David Clough makes Anycity his best Thursday bet at Southwell and he has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Michael van Gerwen is the defending champion at the Grand Slam of Darts (Picture: Lawrence Lustig/PDC)5

Grand Slam of Darts 2018

The full group draw, daily schedule, results & odds from the Sky Sports-televised Grand Slam of Darts, which features players from both the PDC and BDO.

Racing Tips

Kemboy in action

Thursday Talking Points

Richard Mann previews an interesting day of racing with a couple of young Alan King-trained hurdlers of particular interest and Supreme Racing Club taking on the big boys in Ireland.

Southwell

Daily Nap: Steam in at Southwell

It's all-weather racing all the way for Richard Mann on Thursday with the Sporting Life Daily Nap running at Southwell.

Check out our daily preview with tips for every race

Thursday's racing preview

David Clough makes Anycity his best Thursday bet at Southwell and he has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Next Race Off

23:05 Penn National
6
(6)
Bustin The Bank
J: Luis Munar
1
(1)
Shootist
J: Angel Rodriguez

Football Tips

Episode 8 of our Sky Bet Championship Podcast is out now

OUT NOW: Sky Bet Championship Podcast

Our latest Championship Podcast is out, as we discuss Norwich City's top form; young goalkeepers; and the Sheffield derby.

Get your bets on!

Our best bets

Check out all of our available betting tips and previews of the forthcoming sporting action.

Royal Line (right) pulls clear to win the November Handicap

Sporting Life Tipping Record

A look at how the Sporting Life recommended bets have performed in November 2018.