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Hearn Yet To Accept Wilder’s Megabucks Bait

Anthony Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn has left the mouth-watering offer from Deontay Wilder’s team hanging questioning the validity of the American’s latest $50million (£36m) offer for an undisputed unification bout.

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Hearn who is in the United States said he cannot sign off on what he perceived to be a flimsy deal despite Wilder giving Hearn and Joshua 24 hours to accept the take-it-or-leave-it deal.

Hearn said: ‘It’s very kind of him but we haven’t had a proper offer yet – only a piece of paper from a guy from Alabama [Wilder].

‘I get these emails all the time”

‘Let’s see the contract and proof of funds before we get carried away.

‘If it’s real we have to look at it and we have to take it seriously but if they expect us to make a quick decision and accept a fight today then they are widely mistaken.’

But Hearn insisted he would not dismiss the offer entirely and proposed a rescheduled breakfast meeting for Friday in Manhattan to discuss the ins and outs of the deal more thoroughly.

Hearn himself offered Wilder the chance to fight WBA, WBO and IBF champion Joshua for a flat fee of £8.8m in a bout which would produce the first ever heavyweight to hold all four major belts at once.

But that proposal was dismissed as derisory by the American’s team who responded by appearing to offer Joshua the chance to earn a guaranteed career-high purse.
Hearn added: ‘We have to explore it because it’s a lot of money and I wouldn’t be doing my job for Anthony if I dismissed it as bulls**t.

‘I had a meeting scheduled with them on Thursday and they cancelled it and asked if we could do it on Friday. Let’s see if that happens.

‘This is the biggest fight in world boxing and we need to sit down and have a serious conversation about it.

‘I think this initial offer is just fun and games but it is a great PR move and what it has done is open up discussions and get people’s attention.’

But that proposal was dismissed as derisory by the American’s team who responded by appearing to offer Joshua the chance to earn a guaranteed career-high purse.

Hearn added: ‘We have to explore it because it’s a lot of money and I wouldn’t be doing my job for Anthony if I dismissed it as bulls**t.

‘I had a meeting scheduled with them on Thursday and they cancelled it and asked if we could do it on Friday. Let’s see if that happens.

‘This is the biggest fight in world boxing and we need to sit down and have a serious conversation about it.

‘I think this initial offer is just fun and games but it is a great PR move and what it has done is open up discussions and get people’s attention.’

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