WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Eddie Hearn have made headlines together in the past. Mostly over money and the validity of an offer made to Hearn’s cash cow Anthony Joshua. Hearns came out saying bygones can certainly be bygones. Stating his willingness to sign the “Bronze Bomber” Eddie Hearn says he’s willing to offer WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, a two-fight deal to fight on the DAZN. The statement was made immediately after Wilder said he was a free-agent and could fight on any network.“Deontay Wilder came out last night and said he’s a free agent, so we’d love to have him on DAZN, I’m sure ESPN is already talking to him. The big fights can always get made. When the money is there, they can always get made. When we [Anthony Joshua] fought Wladimir Klitschko, that fight was on HBO and SHOWTIME,” Hearn said.
WBO and WBA lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko has officially signed to defend both straps against former WBA champion and current mandatory challenger Anthony Crolla (34-6-3, 13 KOs). The fight will take place on Friday, April 12th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, and broadcast live on ESPN+ as part of the one-year anniversary of the launch of the streaming service. The date was supposed to be saved for IBF champ Richard Commey for a unification fight. Commey suffered a hand injury in his victory over Isa Chaniev earlier in the month. Commey will not be able to take the fight. Crolla is the WBA mandatory challenger and will fill the vacancy left by Commey.
Lineal heavyweight champ of the world Tyson Fury’s announcement of his roughly $100million multi-fight deal to fight exclusively on ESPN seemed to put a rematch with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder on the back burner. Fury came out a said a rematch wasn’t that important to him and knowing that Bob Arum likes to keep all the money in the Bob Arum circle the rematch seemed to hit a series snag and was not going to happen anytime in the immediate future. However, a deep dive into the Top Rank heavyweight cabinet shows that it is completely bare. Arum came out today and said that are still very interested in making the fight and have offered Wilder an increased offer. The rematch had been ordered by the WBC and purse bids were ordered but pushed back twice and the second time they were pushed back “indefinitely”. Wilder says he is a network free-agent and can fight anywhere.