WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has reportedly turned down DAZN’s $100million, three-fight offer to take on Dominic Breazeale and Anthony Joshua.
Reports emerged over the past few days claiming the streaming service were prepared to pay astronomical figures to secure Wilder, having met with the Bronze Bomber and his co-managers, Shelly Finkel and Al Haymon, in New York last Tuesday (12 March).
DAZN offered Wilder $20m (£15m) to fight mandatory challenger Breazeale, and $80m (£60m) for two fights against Joshua later in the year and at the start of 2020.
Although Wilder was deliberating over the offer, Finkel has now confirmed to FOX Sports’ Mike Coppinger that the Breazeale fight will not take place on DAZN.
Team Wilder will hold a press conference on Tuesday to officially announce the decision, with the Breazeale fight on 18 May expected to be shown on Showtime pay-per-view instead – who Haymon has a deal with.
It has also been claimed that DAZN proposed another fight in between facing Breazeale and AJ against Dillian Whyte in September, but Wilder was not interested.
The 33-year-old has not closed the door completely to working with DAZN in the future, but talks will effectively be on hold until after he has faced Breazeale
The news is a huge setback for Joshua and his camp, with Eddie Hearn having felt that a breakthrough had finally been made towards getting a unification fight set up for November or December this year.
AJ takes on Jarrell Miller in his US debut at Madison Square Garden in June and had hoped a unification fight against Wilder would follow later in the year.