Hearn, Joshua Prepared to Move On from Wilder
Both WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and his promoter, Eddie Hearn, have emphasized that WBC champion Deontay Wilder is their focus as an opponent for an April 13 showdown at Wembley Stadium.
A couple of weeks ago, Wilder battled to a somewhat controversial split draw with Tyson Fury. A win would have set the stage for the April 13 clash; however, that is now uncertain. Wilder may choose to focus his efforts on a rematch with Fury in the first quarter of 2019.
Despite their claims, Hearn says he and Joshua are ready to switch plans to other challengers if Wilder pursues the Fury rematch.
Should that be the case, the likely next challenger for Joshua would likely come from either the winner of next week’s Dereck Chisora vs. Dillian Whyte bout, or Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller or undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk.
“[Joshua] just came out and told the truth: I want Deontay Wilder on April 13 — that’s my fight date at Wembley,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “Why not? If you want to be undisputed, now’s the time, so he’s made it clear, to the public, to me, that’s what he wants. If Wilder fights Fury, he [Joshua] has to fight the winner of Whyte-Chisora or Jarrell Miller, or [Oleksandr] Usyk, or one of these guys.
But there is absolutely no poll required for Anthony Joshua. It’s just Deontay Wilder, just the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world. Right now, our focus is on Deontay Wilder on April 13, at Wembley. If he doesn’t want to fight Anthony Joshua, there’s nothing we can do, but that’s what we want.
Original Story: Sky Sports