Eddie Hearn says Joshua v Wilder is a possibility despite WBC sanctioning Fury rematch

Eddie Hearn

The heavyweight division is fast becoming the most exciting in boxing once again.

Anthony Joshua's rise to superstardom has certainly been a pivotal factor in the rise, but Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury elevated it to new heights on December 1.

The two superstars put on an epic battle in Los Angeles, with the result ending up as a controversial split decision draw.

Wilder may have knocked Fury down on two occasions, but the Gypsy King outboxed the Bronze Bomber for the majority of the fight.

As a result of the bout, the WBC were quick to 'sanction' a rematch between the pair.

So does that mean Anthony Joshua will be waiting for the winner of Dillian Whyte vs Dereck Chisora for April 13? Well, perhaps not.

Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn has stated that the WBC's sanctioning statement means very little with regards to a potential unification bout with Wilder.

Hearn told Sky Sports, per World Boxing News: “No, I think the wording was everything in that one, sanctioned not ordered.

“I think what they’re saying is they would approve the rematch. Dominic Breazeale is mandatory, who is supposed to fight the winner, so what they’re saying is that they would allow the rematch.

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“As far as I see, they haven’t ordered it. We’ll see. I don’t think it really changes much. If Wilder wants to fight Fury, he’ll fight Fury. If he wants to be undisputed, he’ll fight Joshua.

“It (a unification fight) can trump anything. I don’t know how much that means to Wilder. It means everything to us, means everything to Joshua, but the rematch is a big fight.”

Joshua vs Wilder at Wembley is still a distinct possibility then.

Hearn also stated that he would alter his approach to Wilder's team this time around, saying: “Last time, we were all talking too much. We’ve made a decision that there will be no talk on this one."

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