Hearn To Send Wilder Contract For Joshua Fight This Week
After he and his co-manager publicly stated that they’ve agreed to terms, Deontay Wilder should be expecting a contract this week from Anthony Joshua and Eddie Hearn.
The WBC champion has relented on having a heavyweight unification fight in the United States, and is willing to come to the United Kingdom to fight Joshua.
Hearn spoke with Sky Sports on Tuesday and confirmed that he, Joshua, and Joshua’s trainer Rob McCracken have spoke on the latest developments, and if Wilder or WBA mandatory opponent Alexander Povetkin will be next in line.
“I spoke to AJ and Rob McCracken this morning and obviously we saw Deontay Wilder’s stuff on social media, Hearn said on Tuesday to Sky Sports.
“It’s great that he’s come back to us. We made this offer about four weeks ago and I don’t know if he’s come back because he’s heard we’re close to closing the Povetkin fight or whether he wants the fight, but either way he’s going to be getting a contract from us ASAP.”
“We’re going to be dealing with it and we’re going to be making sure he gets the relevant paperwork.”
The next step after Wilder putting pen to paper would be the logistics of location and broadcasting. “We see this as a Wembley fight and we’re quite limited in that respect,” said Hearn. “Obviously American TV and pay-per-view has to be considered. We’ve got to speak to them about what date suits them. There is a lot still to work out.
“Our original plan and hope was to do it in the middle of September, but obviously this ‘Canelo’ fight on September 15 makes it a little more difficult with US TV and the fact that we’ve lost four weeks in waiting for an answer from Deontay Wilder, makes the fight happening in 11 or 12 weeks of this magnitude unlikely. If it is before Povetkin, then it runs on October and November.
“We’ve got to get to the bottom of it all today. One thing I can tell you is by the end of this week, Deontay Wilder will have a contract in front of him and we’ll see if he’s real.”
Original Report: Sky Sports