Eddie Hearn says he’s prepared to offer Deontay Wilder $7-8 million to fight Dillian Whyte later this year, noting Wilder’s need for a fight as he won’t be facing Anthony Joshua until at least April 2019.
But Wilder (40-0, 39 KO) is also reportedly close to a deal to face Tyson Fury in December, so this may be a lot of noise about nothing.
Whyte (24-1, 17 KO) defeated Joseph Parker on Saturday, a strong win even though he was dropped in the 12th and final round. Hearn sees that as a reason Wilder may want to take the bout:
“Why wouldn’t he fight Dillian Whyte? He must look at that last round and think, ‘Yeah’. Wilder is a huge puncher so he will think it’s an easy fight and he gets $7million or $8million for it.”
If Wilder doesn’t go for a fight with Whyte, Hearn says he’ll look to have Whyte face Dereck Chisora (whom Whyte has said he’s not interested in rematching) or Jarrell Miller.