“Received an email,” Eddie Hearn shockingly confesses rejecting Deontay Wilder’s $50 Million offer for Anthony Joshua fight

Eddie Hearn affirms rejecting Deontay Wilder’s $50 Million offer, and a switch-up to different fight.


“Received an email,” Eddie Hearn shockingly confesses rejecting Deontay Wilder’s $50 Million offer for Anthony Joshua fight

Eddie Hearn reveals dismissing offer for Deontay Wilder vs. Anthony Joshua matchup (Source: Twitter)

Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder can fight in 2024 if they both win their individual fights on the same card in Saudi Arabia on December 23. Standing at 43-2-1, 42 KOs, Wilder is to face Joseph Parker. The other former heavyweight champion, Joshua, squares off with Otto Wallin in Riyadh. Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, doesn’t want to make the Joshua-Wilder bout until next year.

Recently, Hearn has disclosed rejecting Wilder’s $50 Million offer for a matchup, previously. World Boxing News had been heavily instilled into the 2018 discussions with Team Wilder, who offered a chance for a Showtime and Sky Sports Pay-Per-View face-off. Tyson Fury later accepted it.

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But every time, the team denied such an offer; or its existence. Hearn had spurned the multi-million offer with a counter of his own. But within mere days, Hearn announced Joshua would face Alexander Povetkin as his mandatory contender. Now, speaking to the Daily Mail, he has said:

To be honest with you, that was about three, four years ago. No one came to us with an offer. We received an email...I mean, me and Deontay are friends [after spending time on a recent flight] so I don’t want to be too hard. But we received an email from a Hotmail address saying we will give you fifty million dollars for the fight.

The undisputed heavyweight championship boxing bout between Fury and Oleksandr Usyk was postponed. Thus, effectively nudging these pairings forward. Fury faced Ex-UFC heavyweight Francis Ngannou at Riyadh Season. Despite scoring a decision win, he had incurred serious injuries in the aftermath. Joshua and Wilder are the next best thing in the trade barring these two.

WBN later reaffirmed with WBA President Gilberto Mendoza that Joshua would have the waiver if he had asked for it. But instead of an exemption, Hearn had lowered the pricing. Wilder had accepted the bluff and agreed for it. But still, the move was for another opponent. Which has left many fans and peers dumbfounded. The duo can still face each other after their respective bouts in Riyadh.

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Joseph Parker assures being super-focused before fight with Deontay Wilder

Deontay Wilder will be having his first bout shortly, in over 14 months. He squares off against former WBO champion, Joseph Parker. The boxing bout is a 12-round affair. The headliner of that event is a matchup of Anthony Joshua and southpaw Swede Otto Wallin.

Parker’s last victory was in October, by way of a stoppage win over Canada’s Simon Kean. But Wilder is a whole different situation.

Joseph Parker discusses matchup with heavyweight Deontay Wilder
Joseph Parker discusses matchup with heavyweight Deontay Wilder (Source: Pinterest)

The card also features round-ups between Daniel Dubois and Jarrell Miller, as well as Frank Sanchez and Filip Hrgovic. Light heavyweight contender Dmitry Bivol and cruiserweight Jai Opetaia are also on the same card.

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During recent social media rounds, Parker has affirmed that he is fully confident he can take on Wilder in this star-studded line-up. He also discloses being laser-focused towards it, given the literal “heavyweight” of the situation.

Speaking to  ESNews, Wilder has mentioned the same. He even went further on to proclaim that his and Parker’s fight should be the headliner of the December event.

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