By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
ANTHONY JOSHUA’s promoter is set for crunch talks with Deontay Wilder’s team in New York next week for a September 15 showdown at Wembley.
Eddie Hearn is planning a meeting with the American’s representatives as they look to do a deal for the massive unification fight when he jets to the Big Apple next week to promote his latest show there.
Hearn’s opening offer of £8.8m for the WBC heavyweight champion to face WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO title holder Joshua has been dismissed.
The Matchroom chief said: “We made an offer a week, eight days ago and we haven't heard back.
“I’m actually going to New York next week for the Jacobs fight and Katie Taylor, so I’m going to sit down with them in New York next week.”
Starsport understands that Wilder’s team are still preparing a counter offer but they are also willing to meet in New York next week.
The Matchroom chief is hoping that face-to-face talks will help smooth over the differences between the two camps.
Hearn has earmarked September 15 at Wembley for the fight but that date will be determined by Mexican Saul Alvarez’s hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission tomorrow.
Alvarez is facing a year-long ban for two failed drug tests but if he is cleared then he is likely to pursue a rematch with Gennady Golovkin on that date in Las Vegas.
That would mean Joshua against Wilder would be staged a week earlier on September 8 if a deal can be done.
Both teams involved in the heavyweight unification clash want the fight on US pay-per-view but that would be impossible if it clashed with Alvarez’s rematch with Golovkin.
But Hearn has warned Wilder’s team they only have three weeks to do a deal as purse bids will soon be due for Joshua to face WBA mandatory Alexander Povetkin.
If a deal fails to materialise for Wilder then Joshua will either face Povetkin or seek special permission from the WBA to make a voluntary defence against American Jarrell Miller on August 25 in New York.