Wilder vs Breazeale next? Here's whyWritten by Joseph Herron
Although it's not official, it appears WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will face Dominic Breazeale next, not consensus heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
"I still believe they (Wilder's team) have agreed Dominic Breazeale next, in June or July. The WBC have told us that," Hearn told Sky Sports News.
And Hearn's comment supports the theory of three-decade fight trainer James Gogue, who, in November, shared his thoughts on the seemingly imminent die-hard heavyweight showdown, Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder.
"The most important factor in making this match-up a reality is the money," stated the experienced boxing manager and coach. "
"Right now it's just not there for the kinds of figures these guys are looking for. I know Joshua is a big star in England and he generates a lot of money there, but Wilder is going to want a lot more than what promoter Eddie Hearn is currently offering."
"In order to maximize the revenue for this match-up, they need to keep promoting this fight over the next several months...preferably with more explosive knock-out performances like we just saw this past weekend.
"Like Bob Arum always says, they need to put this event in the oven and let it bake...let it marinate. Let these guys win a couple more fights. Everyone is starting to talk about this fight, but that's just the beginning."
"Let the fans talk it about for another two fights to increase that anticipation and mainstream interest...just like Mayweather/Pacquiao or Canelo/Golovkin."
Although Joshua is already a massive money maker in the UK, he hasn't quite reached the consciousness of the mainstream and casual sports fan in America. Gogue believes a big Casino site fee in Las Vegas, Nevada and worldwide PPV distribution would be the ideal and necessary revenue streams to support a match-up of this caliber.
The difference in money making potential could be in the hundred million range...but both fighters' respective brands would have to be promoted with several more performances...preferably in the US.
"In order for Joshua/Wilder to be successful, it has to be here (USA)," James Gogue stated. "Staging it in England while solely relying on the UK PPV and live gate revenue wouldn't meet the financial demands of both men."
"But you have to keep both men in their winning ways and have them looking good when doing it."
But against whom?
In Joshua's case, most Heavyweights would be more than willing to be the B-side of an Eddie Hearn promotion while making a career high payday...even if it meant getting KO'd in the process. And because he is largely viewed as "the man" currently within boxing's glamour division, he has many other appealing options, like Tyson Fury, David Haye, "Big Baby" Miller, Dillian Whyte, and pretty much any fighter who isn't a big ticket seller or doesn't carry a major world title around his waist.
Joshua is a virtual unknown in America currently, but Wilder isn't exactly a household name either. Despite being one of the hardest punchers in boxing and a legitimate world Heavyweight champion from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Deontay is still clamoring to find an audience in his native USA.
Positive and careful promotion is paramount for Team Wilder from this point forward.
Joshua vs Breazeale date to be announced soon
So who will most likely be taking on "The Bronze Bomber" during the first quarter of 2018?
Coach Gogue has a pretty good idea as to who that mystery Heavyweight will be.
One big reason:
"You think there's a reason why DiBella and Haymon paid Dominic Breazeale $250K to appear on the non-televised portion of the fight card?
In my opinion, they've had the ex-quarterback in mind the entire time," insisted the expert talent scout and boxing strategist.
"He's a big guy with a good record and knockout ratio, but doesn't pose a serious threat to Wilder."
"No way would they stick Deontay in with anyone who could beat him while trying to nurture a match-up with Joshua. They want to keep him in his winning ways, and have him look great in the process."
If the three-decade fight trainer is indeed correct about the 32 year old champ's next opponent, will Breazeale generate enough interest to keep the die-hards and casuals excited and enthused about an Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder pairing in 2019?