Eddie Hearn has provided an update on talks surrounding what he called ‘the biggest fight in the heavyweight division.
In fans’ minds, Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder should have faced each other a long time ago. There was certainly more at stake back then. The two fighters held all of the heavyweight belts and were undefeated in their campaigns. Fast forward to now, both have lost those belts and zeros, but the prospect of a fight remains as exciting as ever.
It was revealed recently that Wilder’s manager, Shelly Finkel, had received and ignored an email from Hearn to discuss the mega match up. Now, Hearn has provided a positive update to DAZN.
“I actually sent Shelly Finkel an email back in August to talk about a deal and he actually replied to me yesterday.”
“I invited them out here to Abu Dhabi this week, they can’t come, but I see the Deontay Wilder fight probably being the second fight for Anthony Joshua in all honesty, but he’s up for fighting anyone.”
“If he waits, he may go straight into that fight, it all depends on when he returns, if he returns early in the year, he’ll fight someone else first and if not he’ll go straight into the Whyte or Wilder fight.”
It’s assumed that Wilder will face an old foe of ‘AJ’s next – Andy Ruiz Jr. The WBC have ordered the fight with the winner being placed in a mandatory position for the title, currently held by Tyson Fury. Having said that, whilst Ruiz has been vocal about wanting it, Wilder has been quiet in comparison.
Could the magnitude of a Joshua fight take precedence for him? Would he rather face this Brit than Fury for a fourth time? All questions to be answered in the coming months as the heavyweight division continues to unfold in a very intriguing way.