Eddie Hearn Not Ruling Out Anthony Joshua vs. Deontay Wilder
Eddie Hearn hasn’t closed the door on Anthony Joshua vs. Deontay Wilder but it won’t happen in 2021.
Joshua vs. Wilder was once thought of to be the biggest fight to make in the world of boxing. That changed when Tyson Fury stopped Wilder via seventh-round TKO in their February 2020 rematch. Now, the plan is for Fury and Joshua to fight twice with the first bout crowning an undisputed heavyweight champion.
While Wilder’s stock isn’t what it was when he was undefeated, Hearn isn’t casting doubt on the possibility of seeing “The Bronze Bomber” share the ring with Joshua down the line. Here’s what the Matchroom Boxing director told Sky Sports.
“If it’s the right fight for AJ, not stylistically, but if it’s the right commercial fight. Listen, Deontay Wilder knows he turned down the deal of a lifetime to fight Anthony Joshua, but he made his bed and respect to him.
“I want to see him back in the ring. All we’re focusing on is the Tyson Fury fight, and anything else happens in 2022, because those two fights will be our plan for 2021.”
Wilder has claimed that his rematch clause is still in effect and has argued that Fury vs. Joshua shouldn’t be happening. Fury’s team insists that Wilder’s clause has expired. Fury has also said that he has no plans of ever fighting Wilder again after the former WBC Champion accused him of loading his gloves in their rematch.
Time will tell what Wilder ultimately decides to do but it isn’t likely that he will be mixing it up with Fury a third time in 2021.