Anthony Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn made an approach to Deontay Wilder - without much success

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Deontay Wilder has been offered ‘so much money’ to fight Anthony Joshua, according to Matchroom Boxing chief Eddie Hearn.

Promoter Hearn has previously tried doing business with Wilder and Shelly Finkel several times over the years – in an attempt to make one of the most talked about fights in history a reality.

However, he has been unsuccessful at every attempt thus far, which he claims is due to their inability to work together.

Hearn says he ‘reached out’ to Finkel again earlier this year, but didn’t hear back.

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He told SecondsOut: “I actually reached out to Shelly Finkel the other day.

“Because I have got so much money for Deontay Wilder in an offer, but they never come back to me

“I don’t know whether Deontay Wilder doesn’t wanna hear about that offer or whatever.

Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk 2
Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk 2

“But right now as I stand here, I’m honestly not thinking about any other fight for AJ than Saturday night.

“They all come through victory.

“I think if he loses, the Wilder fight is there.

“If he wins, all he’s thinking about is that final fight with Fury to win all the belts.”

Meanwhile, Wilder’s manager Finkel has spoken out about what the future holds for the Bronze Bomber.

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Speaking to Planet Sport, Finkel said he believes Wilder still deserves a place at the top of the table, despite having suffered recent back-to-back defeats to Tyson Fury.

Finkel said: “Derek Chisora? He just edged a split-decision over Kubrat Pulev, no way.

“Maybe the winner of Usyk and Joshua. I don’t know what Fury is doing? Maybe if Joshua wins it’s a huge fight in the UK [between those two] – there’s so many intangibles so we’re looking to see what happens in that fight [Usyk and Joshua].

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“I don’t care what Fury says, we’re waiting to see what he really wants to do because if he wants to fight the winner then he’s going to get it. But after that, where are the top guys?

“There’s only four real top guys in the heavyweights right now – Usyk, Joshua, Fury and Deontay [Wilder].

“I’m looking at everything and we’re going to be making our decision but we’re not there [yet].

“We’ve gotten several calls, I don’t know how real they are from outside of the US and the UK and we’re checking those out. Then once if any of those are real, that’ll dictate another opponent,” 

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