Hearn: If Wilder Wants Legacy Fight, Fight Joshua

The never ending negotiations between Anthony Joshua, his promoter Eddie Hearn and WBC champion Deontay Wilder press on, as Hearn believes Wilder should focus on a unification fight instead of a rematch with Tyson Fury.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Hearn said: “If Wilder wants to be undisputed – he’s always gone on in his career about one face, one name, one king of the division – the only way you can do that is to win the belts.

“Anthony Joshua has 75 per cent of the belts, but we want that 25 per cent. If he (Wilder) does want to create a legacy, he’s got to fight Joshua, then he can fight Fury.

“But he may go straight into the Fury fight. These next couple of weeks are going to be very interesting. It’s great times in the heavyweight division, anything can happen.”

If Wilder soldiers on with his plans to face Fury in 2019, Hearn claimed that the winner of December 22nd’s Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora fight will be the most likely opponent to face the unified champion on April 13th at Wembley Stadium.

Hearn expanded claiming that, “Both guys have got their mind on the same thing, which is a shot at the world heavyweight title. Victory for either guy should lead them to that point in 2019.

“For Whyte, I think the pressure is on him. Chisora’s been goading him a little bit, saying ‘you’ve virtually got a shot at the world title, why are you risking it against me?’

“That’s because he loves to fight, and he’ll fight anybody. Make no mistake, the reason David Haye’s got involved is because he thinks Chisora can win and land a big shot against Anthony Joshua.”

Initial Report: Sky Sports


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