Anthony Joshua will not be ringside at the Staples Center on December 1 for Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury to call out the winner to face him in his next fight at Wembley on April 13.
The English boxing superstar stated he already had prior commitments doing some commercial work, a plan he intends to stick to despite the blockbuster fight.
The prospect of any future fight developing that night looks very slim after news broke out of Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn also missing out on the big event.
Speaking on his and Joshua's behalf, Hearn told the media: “We won’t be in Los Angeles. We have Matchroom’s first Italy show in Florence on November 30.
“AJ has commercial work and he does not want to re-schedule it.”
A fight between England champion Joshua and American superstar Wilder has been in the works for a very long time now, but has not resulted in any tangible success.
Both parties have undergone off-and-on talks regarding a potential fight, but Hearn made it clear to the media that negotiations are not currently taking place between the two groups.
“There has been nothing new with Wilder’s team in the last few weeks,” he said.
Hearn’s fall-back plan for Joshua is Dillian Whyte should he come through his rematch with Dereck Chisora at the O2 on December 22.
While that fight will be one of great quality, the one of true fanfare with Wilder is one that will set Joshua's career to legendary status by knocking out one of the greatest names in this modern era of the sport.
At the moment still remains a huge fight between Wilder and the Gypsy King himself in his biggest match-up since his return to boxing after a long time out due to suspension.
The winner of this fight could end up being truly important to the sport of boxing and may even end up dictating Anthony Joshua's next fight for his career.News Now - Sport News