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Hearn makes offer for Wilder to fight Whyte

Hearn makes offer for Wilder to fight Whyte
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Promoter Eddie Hearn has made an offer for Deontay Wilder to face Dillian Whyte on February 3, and he’s hoping he’ll accept it. Hearn says Wilder will get $4 million for the fight to come over to the UK to fight Whyte at the O2 Arena in London.

For the $4M, Wilder will be giving Whyte hometown advantage, which could be important if the fight goes to the scorecards or if there’s a referee working the fight like the one that prematurely stopped the Anthony Joshua vs. Carlos Takam fight last Saturday night in the main event at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

“Whyte is boxing February 3 at the O2 (Arena in London) whatever happens,” said Hearn. “Ultimately we want the biggest fights out there and outside of (Anthony Joshua) that’s Deontay Wilder. He’s been offered $3 million plus U.S. TV, so perhaps $4 million. He might watch that fight tonight and think, OK. Hopefully he does. I’m trying to make the Joshua-Wilder fight as big as possible. (But) I believe Dillian Whyte can beat Wilder. I’m saying to Wilder, ‘If you believe you can beat Dillian Whyte and you want to fight AJ, your stock will rise much higher in a fight with Dillian Whyte’. Obviously, it’s a voluntary defense and we’re happy to give Wilder a rematch. There’s no downside for Deontay Wilder.”

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Whyte beat Robert Helenius by a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision last Saturday night in the co-feature bout on the Joshua-Takam card. Immediately after the fight, Whyte let it be known that he wants to fight Wilder next in the UK.

“I thought Helenius started well,” said Hearn. “He won maybe the first two rounds, then he started to get hurt a little bit, and then I think he decided he didn’t want to be in the fight. It’s very hard to look good against someone who tries to survive and obviously Dillian got a little frustrated and smothered his work a little. When someone is running and they don’t want to engage, it’s very difficult to look good and get him out of there.”