Anthony Joshua set to learn Wilder fight decision this week after Barry Hearn meeting

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Anthony Joshua could find out whether his heavyweight unification bout with American Deontay Wilder will go ahead this week, and Barry Hearn remains confident that a deal can be reached.

Negotiations on either side of the Atlantic have been on-going in recent weeks, as both parties look to get the best deal possible, ahead of the proposed fight.

Hearn Senior met with Wilder's co-manager Shelly Finkel in New York last week to discuss terms.

Watford-born Joshua is keen to hold the fight on British soil, having defeated New Zealander Joseph Parker at Cardiff's Principality Stadium, back in March.

His triumph in the Welsh capital earned him his fourth heavyweight belt (WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO) as he looks to defeat Wilder to claim the only other major title in the division.

And the Matchroom boss feels a decision will ultimately be reached in the following days, but it is all down to Joshua to make the final decision on the fight. 

"I think the bluster is gone and we're now at the stage where there's real decisions to be made in the next few days," Barry Hearn told Sky Sports. "I'm very happy to say I've done my bit.

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"Eddie and his team take over, as always, and the last word comes from the man himself. Wherever we go, it has to have the approval of AJ, because he's the main man."

Eddie Hearn, who has taken over the management of Joshua's career, believes Wilder's camp are less inclined to fight in the United Kingdom but urged them to make a decision on the bout, with Joshua due to meet Alexander Povetkin in the ring as an alternative. 

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"We want to do the fight in the UK," he told Sky Sports. "I don't think they are too keen to do the fight in the UK, but I think they are slowly realising that without Anthony Joshua, the future is not too bright and rosy for Deontay Wilder.

"He wants the fight, we want the fight. Time is running out, because we need to let the WBA know and Alexander Povetkin know if we're fighting them in September."

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