Eddie Hearn reveals the location he is targeting for Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder

  • Jack Figg
Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker - Press Conference

Promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed his desired destination for potential world title unification fight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.

Joshua is one belt away from becoming the first undisputed heavyweight champion of the world to hold all four of the major boxing organisation titles.

The Brit currently holds the WBA, IBF titles and now the WBO strap after beating Joseph Parker at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff last month, while Deontay Wilder holds the WBC version of the world title having won it against Bermane Stiverne in January 2015.

Talks of a potential showdown between the two have surfaced following both their recent wins, as Wilder was also victorious in March having beaten the Cuban Luis Ortiz via a tenth round stoppage.

Rumours surfaced that Joshua’s promoter, head of Matchroom Boxing, Eddie Hearn, had offered Wilder a fee of £8.8 million to challenge the Brit.

But further details such as where the fight will be held, and when it will take place were not included.

However, Hearn has revealed on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon that although they have not confirmed a location for the potential fight, Joshua's team favours the bout to be held in the UK.

He wrote: “Haven’t ruled any location out but we’d like to give it UK boxing.”

The element of Wilders' offer being a flat purse instead of a percent in the split has caused many to feel the offer sent is not respectable. This follows from the ‘Bronze Bomber’ insisting he would accept a 40 percent split of the purse.

When asked on Twitter if ‘AJ’ was the only one making real money, Hearn replied by posting: “No - we have paid career high purses to 6 of our last 7 opponents..this time we are willing to (do) it again by 5 times.”

Hearn’s wish for the fight to be held in the UK should be welcomed by Wilder as the WBC champion said in a statement he is open to travelling to Britain for the clash.

Wilder said: “I am ready to come to the U.K. for my next fight. There is nothing on Team Wilder's side to prevent me from fighting you next.”

Joshua mirrored Wilder’s desire to agree terms to a fight as he told Sky Sports News he wants the American next in surge for his goal of ultimate unification.

“I want that fight, no doubt about it,” Joshua told Sky Sports. “He was very vocal about wanting the fight before I was, because my objective was to accumulate every single one of the belts. Now I have done that, Wilder's my 100% attention."

Joshua added he is open to a rematch clause being part of the deal.

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