Wilder To Answer Hearn After Fury Fight
A new offer was made by Eddie Hearn, promoter for unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, for an anticipated undisputed title fight with current WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder. But Wilder and his team won’t respond just yet.
According to Shelly Finkel, co-manager of Wilder, the WBC champion and his team are currently focused on Wilder’s title defense against former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury that takes place next week.
Previous negotiations between Joshua and Wilder have gone awry, particularly ones that happened earlier this year. Just when a deal seemed close, things quickly fell apart. Joshua quickly signed a deal to fight WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin, while Wilder signed up to face Fury.
“My reply to Eddie is at present we are only interested in the Tyson Fury fight,” Finkel said. “After Deontay knocks out Fury, we are open to hear what Eddie has to offer.”
The biggest issue Wilder had with the previous contract, despite accepting all of Joshua’s other terms, was a rematch clause that favored Joshua in the event Wilder defeated him.
In a recent interview with Sky Sports, Hearn claimed that he has a new offer for Wilder that features a two-way rematch clause. The original bout would take place at Wembley Stadium in London, England — Joshua’s home country — on April 13. Should Wilder win, a rematch would take place somewhere in the United States — Wilder’s home country.
Not only is this fight one of the most anticipated and potentially lucrative in boxing today, it would also crown the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis accomplished the feat in 1999.
Original Story: Boxing Scene