Eddie Hearn lifts the lid on Anthony Joshua v Deontay Wilder negotiations

Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker - Press Conference

It is the heavyweight fight that everybody in boxing wants to see.

Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, along with their representatives, are currently locked in negotiations regarding a unification bout between the pair.

Joshua recently added to WBO belt to his IBF, WBA, and IBO titles after defeating New Zealand's Joseph Parker on points at Cardiff's Principality Stadium last month.

Wilder's WBC belt that the American currently holds means Joshua is just one belt away from being the undisputed king of the heavyweight division.

The Watford-native, who represented Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympic Games, believes he can down Wilder if given the opportunity.

His promoter Eddie Hearn is keen to get the bout off the ground, but insisted it is down to the American to decide upon taking up the challenge that Joshua poses. 

Hearn said, whilst at an event at London's O2 Arena: "I believe it will happen in the next one or two fights and, trust me, we'll be doing everything we can to make it happen in the next fight.

"It is really down to Wilder. Of course, there are negotiations to be done but again, if you believe you can win, it's not as if we are offering you peanuts – it's five times your biggest payday."

Hearn also went onto reveal that there are certain complex barriers to overcome, as Wilder has three different managers.

Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker - Press Conference

"It's not just Deontay Wilder. You're lucky that we [Matchroom] have a very fair deal with you [Joshua]. Wilder has got three different managers!

"I don't know who to deal with. Out of that money, he's got to pay his managers, his promoters, his lawyers. He's got to pay people.

"He'll only be left with about four grand!"

Meanwhile, Tyson Fury, another possible future opponent for Joshua, will make his return to the ring for the first time since November 2015 on June 9 in Manchester, where he'll fight a currently un-named opponent.


The 29-year-old Manchester fighter has regained his license after a series of personal battles, which saw him banned from the sport.

It will be his first bout since defeating Wladimir Klitschko to the IBF, WBA, and WBO belts nearly three years ago.

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