Hearn: Unification Depends On Wilder

With 2019 on the horizon, Eddie Hearn knows that there is one thing on Anthony Joshua’s mind, unification.

“AJ wants it badly,” Hearn told Sky Sports of an April 13th showdown with WBC world champion Anthony Joshua. “This is the reason he started in the sport. He’s got every belt except one.”

Discussing the latest round of negotiations between his camp and Wilder’s Hearn remained optimistic, but putting the onus on Wilder if it doesn’t happen. “I am ready to make a deal but I can’t say that it’s close,” Hearn told reporters this week, “because it isn’t.”

“It all depends on if Wilder wants to be the undisputed champion. If he does, then we’ll get the fight made. If he’s not bothered, then he’ll swerve it.

“The American debut is imminent,” said Hearn, as he and Joshua fell in love with Madison Square Garden after the December 15th showdown between Canelo Alvarez and Rocky Fielding. “I’d like the American debut to be against Wilder but, if not, fighting in New York against a New Yorker with a big mouth would make a lot of sense.”

“If AJ can’t fight Wilder or Tyson Fury, we look to the winner of [Whyte vs Chisora] and say: ‘that’s probably where our opponent will come from’,” Hearn said of a back up option for April at Wembley Stadium.

“Wilder, Fury, the winner of [Whyte-Chisora], Oleksandr Usyk, Luis Ortiz. These are all guys that AJ has to go through in the next three years.”

Joshua, holder of IBF, WBA and WBO gold, told Sky Sports about Wilder: “I think it’s the risk and reward factor. When you look at the situation, it’s a big risk and the reward has to outweigh your risk, I think in their eyes. I think that’s all it comes down to with these guys.

“It’s quite interesting. I’ve started to notice there is a lot of tension that has been building up with their camp and the fight in itself, watching what we’ve been achieving.”

Initial Report: Sky Sports

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