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Eddie Hearn Says AJ and Team Wilder Only Maybe 10 Percent Apart

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Eddie Hearn, the Brit boxing promoter, is in NYC this week because his fighter, Danny Jacobs, is expected to get the W in the main event against Maciej Sulecki at Barclays Center tomorrow (Saturday) night.

Since Jacobs is seen as the heavy favorite in this middleweight tango, many of the queries aimed at the head of Matchroom have to do with the potential rumble between Hearn’s guy Anthony Joshua and Alabaman Deontay Wilder. Hearn tossed an offer at Team Wilder, $12.5 million guaranteed, and Team Wilder countered with a response offer: $50 million guaranteed to AJ.

Hearn came to Sirius on Friday night, and was asked about the possibility of this heavyweight unification scrap occuring this year.

“I feel like they want 60-40,” Hearn told Gerry Cooney, Randy Gordon and producer Josh Friedman. “I think it’s 70-30. We’re 10 percent out. Can we discuss? Absolutely. But we’ve gotta have the correspondence, communication and the meeting. Hopefully we have them. Clearly not going to happen with Shelly Finkel.”

So, is he optimistic or nah? “There are movements. It’s out in the public domain. Everyone’s under pressure to make the fight. So we’ve got to be active and try to get it done.”

2018, or wait til 2019, then? “I think it will [happen this year]. Anthony Joshua wants this fight badly. I believe Deontay Wilder wants this fight. Hopefully the people behind Deontay Wilder want this fight as well.”

Cooney said “let’s see this superstar fight, we need it,” calling for all parties to come to terms. Gordon speculated on what promoter might be bankrolling the Wilder squad…is it Al Haymon, the uber advisor, getting up a fat stake? Is it Dana White, looking to make a cannonball splash, with his first foray into the boxing space?

So, Mr. Hearn, what about that heavy duty guarantee, that $50 million money pot?

“The offer is not someone saying $50 million,” the British deal-maker said. “We don’t know where it is. We don’t know what channel it’s on. Where is it? When is it? Who’s involved with what? There’s so many questions to ask. We’re interested in the deal. 100%. But we need to see the terms. So I asked for a meeting. That was rejected.”

I messaged Team Wilders’ Lou Dibella, to get his response on that and will add his reply when it arrives.

“If they won’t meet me to discuss the deal … it’s very disheartening,” Hearn continued. “It makes the whole thing look strange. How can you not meet with someone and you’re offering them $50m and all we need to know about are terms of this fight?”

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Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.

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