Anthony Joshua next fight: Eddie Hearn in 'contact' with Deontay Wilder

  • Tom Ward
Eddie Hearn has been in contact with Deontay Wilder over a potential fight with Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua‘s promoter Eddie Hearn has been in contact with Deontay Wilder over a potential heavyweight clash between the pair – but that’s about as far as it has got in terms of negotiations.

That’s according to highly respected boxing journalist and well-connected industry expert Dan Rafael.

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Joshua is reportedly looking for a new head coach ahead of his prospective return to the ring at some point later next year. An opponent is yet to be named.

The Brit is taking a break from the sport after back-to-back defeats against Oleksandr Usyk that saw him lose his WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles.

Wilder meanwhile reminded everyone of his devastating knockout power with an emphatic first-round KO victory over Robert Helenius, a result that helped him return to winning ways following his trilogy fight with Tyson Fury.

A showdown between the former champions could be on the cards next year as they look to get back into the title picture.

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Eddie Hearn has been in contact with Deontay Wilder over a potential fight with Anthony Joshua - but there's a catch
Eddie Hearn has been in contact with Deontay Wilder over a potential fight with Anthony Joshua – but there’s a catch

What has Dan Rafael said about Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder?

But Rafael, who has covered the sport extensively for two decades, doubts the fight will happen next.

“I don’t know who he’ll fight next but I would be very, very surprised if his next fight was against Wilder,” Rafael exclusively told GIVEMESPORT.com.

“There’s a lot of issues there. You know, I know he’s been saying they’re negotiating, they’re not really negotiating. If you call exchanging an email with Deontay Wilder’s manager a negotiation, that’s, in my opinion, that’s a stretch of the definition.

“Yes, there’s been contact. And that’s good because as I have said before, there’s never anything wrong with communication. But there’s a lot of issues to making that fight.”

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Will Anthony Joshua fight Deontay Wilder next?

It’s the one fans want to see which means they will probably have to wait for ages before they get the chance to see it.

In terms of other potential opponents, Otto Wallin and Dillian Whyte are more likely options.

Wallin is waiting patiently for news of his next assignment, while Whyte faces American Jermaine Franklin on Saturday at Wembley Arena.

There is of course also the possibility that Joshua could take a warm-up fight instead.

For now, though, we guess you’ll have to wait and see until Joshua makes an announcement regarding his next opponent.

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