The potential of an undisputed world heavyweight title showdown seemed destined to take place between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.
However, this proposed mega-fight recently became the latest edition of bouts that seemed only right to make sense, but harder to pull off.
Joshua, the owner of the WBA, WBC and IBF, straps ended up having to make a voluntary defence against Russian Alexander Povetkin, which the Brit came through via a seventh round knockout.
While WBC titlist Wilder, now frustrated terms with AJ couldn’t be finalised, turned his attention to another unbeaten British heavyweight in Tyson Fury.
As Wilder gets set to defend his WBC world heavyweight title against Fury in the Staples Centre, Los Angeles, on December 1, Joshua’s next opponent very much hangs in the balance.
Although we don’t know the next opponent of Joshua, we do know the date he’ll next be competing on, April 13, at Wembley Stadium.
The logical April 13 opponent would be the winner of Wilder vs. Fury, however, this is boxing, and often logic doesn’t prevail.
Hearn discusses negotiating a deal to fight Wilder
Promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports he isn’t willing to wait until the result of December 1 to begin negotiations for Joshua’s next opponent, and the Matchroom Boxing boss revealed he is keen to open discussions with Wilder’s team again, having failed to agree a deal previously.
“We need to start the conversations now, which we are doing now,” Hearn said.
“Again, I don’t want to wait until December 1, and then have to start from scratch because it’s going to take a month, two months and we’re under pressure for April 13.
“All I wanna’ do know is start those conversations. Just to get a feel of, if you’re not going to accept the deal you accepted before, what deal will you accept? So we can hopefully get somewhere close.”
Hearn stated Joshua hasn’t yet reached the prime of his boxing powers, and revealed the prospect of fighting the top heavyweights is a motivation for him. However, the promoter didn’t name Fury as a targeted future opponent for AJ.
“Right now he’s probably a year or two away from his peak of the sport, and once you’re at your peak how long can you maintain that?” Hearn said.
“When you live the lifestyle he leads, and you have the hunger and the drive and the passion that he has, he’s not going to want to give it up, and he wants to fight the very best.
“There’s not many more to go through, you know Wilder of course is a focus, that could be one, two, three, four fights, who knows.
“Dillian Whyte, those guys, Luis Ortiz, all kind of big fights for AJ.”
Interesting, no mention of Fury. Is this something to do with the verbal jousting the fighter and promoter have engaged with in recent weeks?