Anthony Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn holds showdown talks with Deontay Wilder
The promoter will hold showdown talks with the WBC world champion’s team today in a late bid to nail down a £75million superfight with Anthony Joshua.
A breakfast meeting in Manhattan is scheduled with Al Haymon and Shelly Finkel, the men calling the shots for Wilder.
With a history-making unification fight against WBA, IBF and WBO king AJ on the table, Hearn hopes to finally close the deal.
And he warned this is D-Day for the fight, as Joshua must face WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin unless a four-belt unification clash is in place.
The Matchroom boss has already offered Yank Wilder around £8.8m to fight Joshua at Wembley later this year.
That cut no ice with the American and his advisors.
Now in the absence of any counter offer from Wilder’s promoters, the gloves are coming off in a face-to-face sit down.
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Hearn said: “This is the meeting we all need.
“I don’t think they like me and I think they will be quite aggressive.
“But I will just tell them how it is.
“It’s the fight that we want next but we have to move at pace because we’ve got Povetkin waiting.
“If everyone can put egos aside then we can make the biggest fight in world boxing and that’s what we hope to do at the meeting.”
It is understood Hearn is hoping to secure a two-bout agreement, with one taking place in America and the other in the UK.
Two dates in September are on hold but the initial clash could head to Las Vegas this October instead.
Pay-per-view sales are expected to soar on both sides of the Atlantic, putting the fight on course to break the £73m record set by Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson in 2002.
That remains the richest heavyweight fight ever but AJ-Wilder, could break the £100m barrier.
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