Hearn: Joshua-Wilder Probable if Joshua Beats Parker
Deontay Wilder has done his part; now it’s up for Anthony Joshua to do his.
Wilder successfully retained the WBC Heavyweight Title with a knockout win over Luis Ortiz on March 3 in the first big heavyweight title showdown this month. The other will come on March 31, when WBA/IBF/IBO Champion Anthony Joshua meets WBO Champion Joseph Parker in a title unification bout.
As reported by the Los Angeles Times (via Bloody Elbow), it’s been long speculated, hoped, and anticipated, that should Joshua defeat Parker and add the WBO title to his collection, a unification showdown between him and Wilder will happen. Such a bout would crown professional boxing’s first undisputed heavyweight king since Lennox Lewis accomplished this feat in 1999.
During an interview about the upcoming Joshua-Parker bout and plans for Joshua following it, Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, confirmed that Wilder is a favorite to be next for Joshua — should the WBA/IBF/IBO champ defeat Parker on March 31.
“I think the answer’s probably yes,” Hearn said. “There’ll be too much pressure for that fight, not just from the fans, but from Anthony Joshua. People don’t know him like I know him.
He wants that fight. He sees Wilder as a very straightforward fighter. There’s no fear.
In previous remarks, Hearn talked about the possibility of Joshua making his U.S. debut against Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller rather than Wilder. Previous negotiations between Joshua and Wilder’s teams have fallen, most notably because of the Bronze Bomber’s demand of nothing less than a 50-50 revenue split, something he has since retracted.
It’s a brilliant fight, a fight you might have to watch through your fingers. Because Joshua is completely fearless, more fearless than Wilder, who has that element in him as well.
Original Story: Bloody Elbow