Hearn Travels To L.A. To Negotiate With Wilder
Looking to lockdown a heavyweight unification fight with Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn has jumped a plane to Los Angeles.
Hearn is traveling to meet with Wilder’s team to finalize an April 13th showdown at Wembley Stadium in London.
“First we need to find out what is happening with a Wilder-Fury rematch and whether the rematch clause we are hearing about is what it seems. If anything, the way that fight went on Saturday works in our favor in terms of getting Wilder. That has always been the fight we want because he has the last belt. Now, let’s say he had beat Fury in two rounds – the negotiation will be a lot harder than after a draw where many think he was lucky to keep his WBC title. That goes in our favor,” Hearn told the Daily Mail.
“It might also be the case that Wilder fancies his chances in a punch-out with AJ rather than another go at Fury. As far as AJ is concerned, he will fight anyone. He would love Wilder next and he has always wanted Fury. I am going out to LA and we will talk (with Wilder’s representatives) this week. It is a fight we definitely want for April and will work hard to make.
As previously reported, Wilder is not the only option for Joshua in April, as the December 22nd showdown between Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora can also produce an opponent for the unified heavyweight champion.
“Before we were looking at Deontay Wilder, Dillian Whyte or Dereck Chisora if he beats Whyte for April 13,” Hearn said on Monday.
“Now we can put Fury on that list. I have spoken to Joshua since Saturday and his position is unchanged – he believes he will stop anyone put in front of him. I was very impressed with Fury on Saturday. I had him winning the fight by two rounds. But we disagree when people say Joshua isn’t the main man in the division anymore and we look forward to him demonstrating it again.”
Report: Daily Mail