Hearn Confirms Joshua-Wilder Negotiations

Eddie Hearn has confirmed Anthony Joshua will fight Deontay Wilder in 2018.


“We’re not receiving any offers, any contacts, and Deontay Wilder is doing a great job of convincing people that AJ is running from this fight… Our job to deliver, but it doesn’t happen over night. This first meeting today may go well, it may go terribly, but fans need to know we want the fight. It will happen in 2018 unquestionably.”

Hearn also added that the only thing holding it up as money…

“If we offered Wilder his true value, the meeting would last two minutes. So we have to compromise between reality and fantasy.”

Despite Wilder appearing to be the favored option Hearn conceded that Parker, holder of the WBO crown, is also being considered.

“The instructions from AJ is ‘I want to be the unified champion by the end of 2018’, so that means going through Wilder and Parker,” he added. “We would fight Wilder in the US. We’d love the fight in the UK. Maybe we do two of them.”
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