Eddie Hearn optimistic Anthony Joshua on course to fight Deontay Wilder


The fight to finally decide the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world appears to have moved a step closer after promoter Eddie Hearn revealed he’s had some very promising news on developments concerning a fight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.

WBC heavyweight champion Wilder, 33, and his team met with the DAZN executive John Skipper to discuss a deal with the view of an undisputed championship fight with Joshua.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Hearn - who promotes 29-year-old WBA, IBF and WBO champion and DAZN fighter Joshua - revealed the talks are 'very encouraging'.

"I'm not going to say too much on it because I don't want to jinx anything.

“But I think there's an opportunity there for someone to be a mediator to get the fight done.

"Clearly, the relationship between Team Wilder and Team Joshua is not the best. It’s not just about doing a deal with Wilder, it’s about doing a deal with Joshua”.

Two years on since Joshua defeated Wladimir Klitschko back in 2017, a fight between the two unbeaten heavyweights has been tipped to happen to determine who the best in the world is.

However, despite coming close on a number of occasions, the pair still haven’t agreed on a deal and have therefore been seeking other opponents in the meantime.

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After drawing with Tyson Fury in December, it initially looked inevitable that Wilder would put his WBC title back on the line and challenge the ‘Gypsy King’ in a rematch.

But it seems with the 33-year-old that contract talks at agreeing fights aren’t his speciality as another setback in that deal scuppered a second meeting with Fury.

With Fury reportedly set to fight Oscar Rivas, Wilder ordered to fight Dominic Breazeale and Joshua fighting Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller, the division was in danger of going stagnant.

Should Wilder and Joshua dispatch of their respective challengers and remain undefeated; the agreement for a unification fight will surely reach unprecedented levels.

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While contract details will have to be sorted out, Hearn is confident fans will get the chance to see the two best in the world finally square off in the ring later this year.

“It’s pretty clear that one fight people want to see is Joshua and Wilder.”

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