Hearn ‘Willing to Gamble’ Joshua Beats Wilder
The legendary George Foreman stated in a recent interview that Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder meeting in a battle of unbeaten heavyweights to determine an undisputed champion would be the biggest fight in heavyweight history. Those comments seemed to fuel Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, to push for the fight more.
Hearn says he’s maintaining interest and re-negotiating with Wilder and his team to have the two men face off in the future. Wilder successfully retained his WBC title with a first-round knockout of Dominic Breazeale last week, and now Joshua will defend his championships against Andy Ruiz Jr. on June 1.
The two were in intense negotiations to face off last year, but those fell through at the 11th hour. There was a chance earlier this year, but Wilder turned down a four-fight deal with DAZN (which would’ve included two fights against Joshua) to remain with Showtime.
Hearn says he has no doubts a Joshua-Wilder collision can produce, and comments from the likes of Foreman make it that much more encouraging. Even if there’s a chance Joshua will lose, he’s willing to risk it for the history and magnitude this fight would bring.
“I want to gamble, that’s what I want to do. And I want them to want to gamble. We all know it’s a gamble for everybody,” Hearn said. “One minute, AJ is the big favorite. Next minute, Wilder knocks someone out and he is the big favorite. The whole point is are you ready? Do you want to do it? That is a fight which has become not just the biggest fight in boxing, but one of the biggest fights of all time.
I know there is a chance AJ could lose but I want to gamble. We all want to gamble. I’m tired and done with the he-said, she-said.
Original Story: Boxing Scene