Eddie Hearn: Joshua Vs. Wilder Is Not Happening

Eddie Hearn has ruled out an Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder fight from happening. 

The news comes in the aftermath of Wilder’s defeat to Joseph Parker. The ‘Bronze Bomber’ was dominated as he lost a unanimous decision. That has ended plans of a two-fight deal, which had been signed. The first fight was set for March 9, 2024, on the condition that both boxers won their fights. 

Joshua beat Otto Wallin, but Wilder came up short in a fight where he looked far from his best. His inactivity was plain to see, having fought only one round in over a year. Joshua is now able to face Filip Hrgovic, the IBF mandatory. They will probably fight for the full title as the winner of  Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk will likely be stripped since they have a rematch clause, thus preventing a mandatory defence. Now Hearn saw no way of the AJ-Wilder fight happening. 

“He [Joshua] did his thing outstandingly [against Wallin], and the fight is dead for now. Who knows what’s going to happen in the future. I don’t rule it [Joshua-Wilder] out. It’s just that the people who wanted to put the fight on [the Saudis] no longer see that as the fight that it was. So, the negotiations that have taken place up to that point to agree to a deal. The numbers don’t work now because Wilder is a busted flush a the moment,” Hearn said 

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The only way for Wilder to get back in the conversation would be to beat some big names. A rematch with Parker may go some way to doing that. Fights against Andy Ruiz Jr. and Zhilei Zhang may also achieve that. But at 38, that is a long way back for the American to be in contention to face Joshua or secure another world title. 

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