Promoter Eddie Hearn has once again expressed his desire to seal a fight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.
Wilder, undefeated in 40 fights with 39 knockouts defends his WBC world heavyweight title against Tyson Fury on December 1, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
While Joshua, also unbeaten with 22 wins and 21 KO’s is enjoying a break from the ring following his seventh round stoppage win against Alexander Povetkin back in September.
Despite Wilder facing arguably the biggest threat to his world title in Fury, undefeated in 27 bouts, Joshua’s promoter and head of Matchroom Boxing Hearn told Sky Sports he has already put together a deal to fight the WBC titleist.
Although a deal could not be agreed earlier in the year, the promoter cited he will offer Wilder a two-fight deal to fight Joshua – but Hearn acknowledged a Fury win could ruin all future plans.
Hearn on the Joshua vs Wilder contract
Hearn said: “If Fury wins and the rematch clause kicks in, we know we’ve got to move on ourselves, but my instruction is ‘Make that fight.’
“They haven’t really wanted to speak to me before it. Now when the fight’s over, if Wilder wins, we’ll be on him on Sunday, saying any chance now? Can we meet now? If they say no again, I don’t know what else we can do.
“If they are true to their word, on December 2, if they beat Tyson Fury, we will immediately start negotiations and we’ll see where we get to.
“April 13 is easy, and it’s a two-fight deal this time, the offer that we’ve made. One in America, one in the UK, we cannot say fairer than that.
“We’ve got to do our best to try and make it happen, and we’ll be doing that straight after the fight. We’ve been trying to do it for the last two months, but no, wait, wait, wait.
“We’ll wait and then we’ll have a go on December 2, and we’ve probably got three weeks to make the fight. It’s enough time, if everyone is sensible, but who knows whether they really want it deep down.”