Hearn: Offer For Wilder-Joshua Is “Still Live”
Following today’s press conference for Amir Khan’s September 8th return to the ring, Eddie Hearn was immediately asked about the situation regarding Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.
Hearn confirmed that Wilder’s contract with Joshua is “still live” and if the WBC champion signs it, a fight can be set for April 13th at Wembley Stadium.
Hearn told Sky Sports News: “Anthony Joshua has got four world championship belts. Deontay Wilder has got one.”
“We’re going to make him a new belt, it’s called the Instagram world champion. Now we get to see the truth.”
“The contract is still live, it’s still valid, it’s sitting on your manager’s desk. Apparently you only had two minor comments that you couldn’t even send us, so send them now, or sign the contract and we will sign the contract before your ink is dry.
Hearn told the press assembled on Thursday to “put pressure on Deontay Wilder, because if you really want this fight, it’s still there, sign it.”
“April 13th at Wembley Stadium, Deontay Wilder can give the fans what they want, so don’t worry about us, certainly don’t worry about Anthony Joshua, he will fight any man.”
“We want to beat Povetkin, we want it to be the undisputed fight, but this is a tough fight against Alexander Povetkin, but I believe Joshua beats every heavyweight,” said Hearn.
“I can’t wait until the day he gets in the ring with Deontay Wilder and nor can he. But one side in my opinion is real, and one is not. If you want to prove you’re real, sign the contract.
On the subject of Povetkin, Hearn put over the Russian’s skills, and said that this is a dangerous fight for his champion. “He’s only lost once to [Wladimir] Klitschko on points and Klitschko hit him with everything,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
“He’s got an Olympic gold medal, he’s got great pedigree, he’s got power, he’s got speed, he’s technically good. This is a dangerous, dangerous fight.”
Initial Post: Sky Sports