Hearn Hopes for Joshua-Wilder in November or December
Eddie Hearn says he isn’t abandoning plans and continuing to push for a heavyweight undisputed title fight between WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO champion Anthony Joshua and WBC champion Deontay Wilder, with hopes the bout could take place in November or December this year.
For such a fight to remain intact, Wilder will need to dispose of Dominic Breazeale in a title defense next weekend, while Joshua will first have to get past Andy Ruiz Jr. on June 1. Even then, the fight may not take place because of all the previous failed negotiations between both sides, and Hearn blames Wilder and his team.
“It’s the only fight to make next for both guys, but everything we’re hearing out of their camp is not really giving us much encouragement that this is the fight that is going to happen,” Hearn said.
Despite the frustrations with Wilder’s side, Hearn says there are plans for Joshua’s next challenger, assumed things go as planned on June 1. These other options include former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, whose heavyweight debut was recently put on hold due to injury, as well as Dillian Whyte, who has been pushing for mandatory status for a world title for a year now and has had previous failed negotiations with Joshua.
“It’s frustrating because Joshua wants all the big fights, but what can you do? You can just keep winning,” Hearn said. “We saw Usyk got injured yesterday and he’s out of May 25th, but he will be the mandatory and that’s a fight that could happen in December. Maybe the Dillian Whyte fight happens in December. He’s got to beat Oscar Rivas first.
“Maybe [Joshua] fights Tyson Fury, maybe he takes the IBF mandatory in Pulev. Anything can happen. Really the most important thing for those four heavyweights is to just to win their next fights, because in this division anything can happen. It’s all very well talking about future fights. If someone slips up, it’s over.”
Original Story: Sky Sports