Eddie Hearn, promoter for two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, feels confident that Deontay Wilder will accept the monetary offer that promoters in Saudi Arabia will present to him for a year-end showdown.
Promoters in Saudi Arabia are looking to stage their heavyweight collision in the month of December.
Joshua is first gearing up for a potential return in the month of August, possibly in a rematch with Dillian Whyte.
Wilder has been out of the ring since last October, when he wiped out Robert Helenius in one round. There is talk of Wilder taking an interim-fight.
Over the last few years, and especially when both men were world champions, attempts to make Wilder-Joshua were met with failure.
This time around, Hearn believes the fight has a strong possibility of coming off.
"Subject to a formal contract being sent, we’re very confident that fight gets made. I can’t speak on behalf of Deontay Wilder, but I’m very confident he’ll be accepting the money and the deal that comes through from Saudi Arabia," Hearn told IFL TV.
"For us, it’s making sure that all of our contracts are respected. That probably means a multi-platform deal around that night. We can’t breach our agreements, but I don’t think that it will be an issue.”
As Hearn previously stated, they are waiting on Joshua's contract as well.
"We have an offer without a contract. So we need to wait on that contract," Hearn said.
If the Saudis have their way, the event will be a major doubleheader - with their ultimate goal being a main event that features an undisputed fight between world champions Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk - and Joshua meeting Wilder in the co-feature,