Hearn Expects Joshua-Wilder Deal In A Month

With Anthony Joshua awaiting a signed contract from Deontay Wilder, his promoter Eddie Hearn will not have his fighter take short camp.

Late last week, Hearn sent a contract to the current WBC heavyweight champion to sign for a fight initially set for September 15th. With Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin now fighting on that date in Las Vegas, as well as Hearn not wanting his fighter to have an eight week camp, plans have changed.

“I’m not letting Anthony Joshua fight this fight with an eight-week camp, because this is everything, this fight,” Hearn told Sky Sports.

“Everything that he’s built towards, his whole professional career, maybe his whole boxing career is built towards this moment.

“I think more realistically, October, November is a solution, but that does rule out the place where we wanted to stage it, which is Wembley, so lots to try and resolve, but we want the fight, we’re prepared to sign for the fight now.

When asked about where Joshua and his manager/trainer Rob McCracken, Hearn claims they’re ready to roll.

“They want to get moving,” said Hearn. “They boxed the 31st of March, so he’s had a nice break. He’s sort of just started ticking over now, but they would like to know. They would like a decision.

“Of course he wants the Wilder fight. He wants to be the undisputed champion, but if it’s going to be slow-tracked, if people are going to mess around, if it’s going to drag on, they would rather jump in and say okay, let’s go end of September with Povetkin, and then keep the discussions going with Wilder, but sign now.

“I don’t want to affect the discussions, but we have to move at an extraordinary pace, and possibly do it somewhere that isn’t ideal, or where AJ wanted to, for it to be next,” said Hearn.

“But I believe this fight will 100 per cent be signed in the next three or four weeks.”


Initial Report: Sky Sports


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