The prospect of Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder finally meeting seemed to have hit the deadest of ends in recent times.
It seemed all set for Joshua to put up his WBA, WBC and IBF, world titles as Wilder would defend his WBC strap in what would be a undisputed world heavyweight title bout.
However, as negotiations over the financial split, where the bout would take place and also a lack of respect for each camp meant this battle between two undefeated world heavyweight champions failed to materialise.
Instead Joshua would face his WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin in September, where he knocked his Russian opponent in the seventh round of their contest staged at Wembley Stadium.
Wilder on the other hand, opted for another undefeated British heavyweight, as he prepares to defend his WBC title against Tyson Fury on December 1, in the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.
One of the most pivotal characters in the negotiations to a potential Joshua vs. Wilder matchup is Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn.
After Wilder recently stated he would demand no less than a 60/40 split to fight Joshua, Hearn didn’t take to well to the American’s comments.
Hearn slams Wilder for his demands of a 50/50 split with AJ
In an interview with IFL TV, promoter Hearn lost all patience with the WBC world champion and claimed it’s clear Wilder doesn’t want a fight with Joshua and is instead using the Brit’s name for notoriety.
“I’m sick of tired of idiots out there who thinks he wants the fight. How stupid do you have to be to think Deontay Wilder wants this fight (against Joshua)?
"Just listen to what he’s saying. Boring. Boring. Boring. Mate f*** off. Mate (Wilder) you ain’t earned three million bucks. F*** sake.
"A row of beans over here, you could walk up any high street, any town, any town in the world and ask who Deontay Wilder is and no one has a f****** clue who he is.
"He ain’t even going to do 300 (thousand) pay per views on Showtime (against Fury) and you want 60/40 (against Joshua)? Idiot.
"Don’t waste our time. Don’t use Joshua’s name to gain profile and publicity. F****** waste of time. If that’s what he really thinks please don’t f****** waste my time. I’m really f****** busy.
“I’m busy, no time for time-wasters, give me someone who wants to fight Joshua, not talk about it to raise their profile.”