After all the talk of Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder meeting later this year, it seems that we’re back to square one.
The World Boxing Association has now demanded that their heavyweight champion signs a deal to fight his mandatory challenger, Alexander Povetkin next.
JOSHUA VS WILDER BREAKS DOWN
That decision came after talks between Joshua and Wilder stalled once again – and now it looks like a bout between the pair will be further delayed.
It’s still not yet been confirmed when or where AJ will be taking on Povetkin, but we know it will be the Brit’s next fight.
Wilder probably hasn’t taken that news very well – as it means a lucrative unification is still some way off.
Although if Eddie Hearn is to be believed, that’s still possible for next April.
TURNING THE TABLES
In a reverse of recent months, it will now be the American challenger who’s left in limbo, waiting for Joshua vs Povetkin to conclude.
Wilder has been more than vocal over the last few months as he tried to make a fight with AJ happen – and now he’s revealed what he wants to see happen in his rivals next fight.
“I hope Povetkin knocks him out. I really do,” he told Showtime, per BoxingNews24.
“I’m done with it.”
That’s a pretty blunt response, but it’s hard to blame him after what Hearn and his team have put Wilder through.
WILDER’S NEW DEMANDS
On top of not caring about how his opponent fairs in his mandatory defense, Wilder’s now also got a plan to make Hearn’s life hell, when he eventually comes calling about a possible fight next year.
“It’s going to be 50-50 straight across. I’m not accepting no flat fees, none of that,” he continued.
“We done with that, and I can smile and say we done with that, bro.”
That’s definitely not what Hearn or Joshua want to hear and it sounds like they’re going to have a lot of problems when they try to restart negotiations again after the Povetkin fight.
Arguably, that may be their own fault – as it seems that Hearn could have worked a lot harder to make the bout with Wilder happen this year – rather than taking the safe option as he did.