Hearn Claims Joshua Close To Povetkin Deal
Eddie Hearn has decided to play a game of chicken with Deontay Wilder, as the promoter claims that Anthony Joshua is close to a deal with Alexander Povetkin.
Barry Hearn, Eddie’s father and Matchroom Boxing founder, is in talks with one of Wilder’s managers, Shelly Finkel about finalizing a fight in September.
“I don’t like making deadlines because sometimes it gets people’s backs up but at some stage soon we have to make a decision,” said Hearn.
“We are close to closing a deal with Povetkin with (Andrey) Robinsky and World of Boxing and once the deal is closed, there is no Deontay Wilder.
The younger of the Hearn clan claimed on Friday to Sky Sports that, “Wilder has had the latest offer from us for the last two weeks which was our improved offer and we are still talking to them and in fact, my dad is out in New York at the moment, and he might meet Shelly (Friday).”
“They have our offer so they have to accept it or move on. It’s not a case of if you don’t accept this offer the fight is dead, we will just fight Povetkin and carry on our negotiations to the next one.
“But I do still believe Wilder will take this offer.”
Povetkin became the WBA mandatory following a knockout victory over David Price in a title eliminator on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s win over Joseph Parker in March.
“He is an extremely tough man with extremely powerful people behind him and the entire nation behind him who will desperate to beat Anthony Joshua for a world heavyweight title,” claimed Hearn.
“This is a serious fight and in many ways, it’s as tough as the Wilder fight.
“Josh is up for all these fights, all these tests and he is certainly up for fighting Wilder. At the end of the day, Josh could lose to Povetkin and then the Wilder fight is up in smoke.”
Original Report: Sky Sports