Hearn: AJ-Wilder Unification Has To Happen ASAP
With the internal deadline set by Eddie Hearn and Anthony Joshua here and gone, the promoter of the unified heavyweight champion claims that Deontay Wilder’s chance to become undisputed champion is running out.
“Another reason why the undisputed title fight must happen now is because, sooner or later, we’ll have different mandatory challengers,” Hearn said to Sky Sports of wanting to make Wilder-Joshua happen on April 13th at Wembley Stadium.
“And they might be fights that no one has an interest in. Wladimir Klitschko did that for years except he took the fights that no one had an interest in. Keep defending, keep defending – but you build a poor resume and AJ isn’t interested in that. He wants the big fights.”
Dillian Whyte, who was knocked out by Joshua in 2015, is the top alternate if Wilder’s plans of a rematch with Tyson Fury come to fruition in the spring of 2019.
“Dillian deserves a world title shot and he’s in his prime or approaching his prime, and that’s the time to fight. Him and ‘AJ’ is a brilliant fight,” Hearn said of his client who dropped Dereck Chisora last weekend at the O2 Arena.
“We haven’t got long (to make Joshua’s next fight). I’m sure we’ll be on the phone to Dillian within the next week. The priority is he wants to fight Wilder, but I don’t believe that will happen. If it’s an April 13 date at Wembley you’ll need it on sale at the end of January. He’s 80 percent likely to fight at Wembley on April 13.”
Quotes Via Sky Sports