Eddie Hearns Matchroom has connections with the streaming site DAZN and if the latter signs up Deontay Wilder then a heavyweight unifying bout could be on the table
Eddie Hearns assertion that there is a brilliant chance Anthony Joshua will fight Deontay Wilder in November or December, unifying the heavyweight title for the first time since Lennox Lewis owned the division nearly two decades ago, is the best news boxing has had in a long while.
The sport and the business need an undisputed heavyweight champion. And confused fans want someone they can identify with as the best fighter in the world, without argument, someone who can rule for more than a few fights like it used to be in the days of Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson. Whoever ends up with the WBC, IBF, WBA and WBO belts should be that man.
Why is Hearn so certain it will happen? One man: his business associate, John Skipper, the executive chairman of DAZN, a streaming outlet that was little known a couple of years ago, but is now a major player across the boxing landscape. It was Skipper who persuaded Gennady Golovkin and Saul lvarez to sign pretty much guaranteeing a third fight between the two best middleweights in the world.
And so to the heavyweights. Wilder has to see off his WBA mandatory challenger, Dominic Breazeale in May, and Joshua must beat Jarrell Big Baby Miller in June.
What opened the door for the two unbeaten giants to square off was Tyson Furys recent decision to sign with ESPN, which scuppered his rematch with Wilder. Skipper then stepped in and will engage the WBC title-holder in serious talks this week.
Ben Davison, Furys trainer, told video journalist Kugan Cassius everyone brings their piece of the pie to the deals. It has to be 50-50, to find out whos the best. He said he would not be shocked if Wilder went to DAZN, adding, Definitely not. DAZN will do a lot to get Wilder, but will [Wilder-Joshua] happen this year? I dont think it will.
However, if Skipper persuades Wilder to sign and even if he does embark on promotional bouts before meeting Joshua there will be a lot of happy faces in the Matchroom offices in Romford.
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