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Joshua-Wilder negotiations progressing, says Hearn

Eddie Hearn says he’s made some significant breakthroughs in the Anthony Joshua versus Deontay Wilder negotiations. Hearn hopes to have the deal done before Wilder...

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Eddie Hearn says he’s made some significant breakthroughs in the Anthony Joshua versus Deontay Wilder negotiations. Hearn hopes to have the deal done before Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) defends his World Boxing Council heavyweight title against Tyson Fury (27-0, 19 KOs) on December 1, reports boxingnews24.com.

Hearn is insistent that the Joshua-Wilder negotiations be done by the tie that fight takes place.

What Hearn says is progress in the negotiations might not be seen in the same light by Wilder’s management. It seems that Hearn still hasn’t come up with an offer that is agreeable to Wilder’s management. The previous offer is the $15 million flat fee that Hearn offered to Wilder.

That offer is seen by some fans as pitifully low for a fight that could bring in over $100 million. If you do that math, Wilder is getting a 15 per cent cut compare to Joshua’s 85 per cent. Joseph Parker received a better split than that for his fight against Joshua last March.

“Progress is significant in the fact we are talking. In terms of actual progress, it’s small,” Hearn told skysports.com.

Wilder’s price tag is going to shoot through the roof if he whips Fury on December 1.