Joshua vs Wilder: Update!

Anthony Joshua and Eddie Hearn

Deontay Wilder claims he is completely unaware of Eddie Hearn’s latest offers for him to fight Anthony Joshua next

Eddie Hearn has been attempting to revive an undisputed title fight between Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua. The British promoter last week revealed details to the the public of his 65/35 purse split offer to the American, before declaring that he would be willing to increase it to a 60/40 split. However, Hearn now believes that Deontay Wilder and his team have made up their mind already, and don’t want to arrange a super-fight.

British boxer Joshua – the WBA ‘super’, IBF and WBO champion – has booked Wembley Stadium for 13th April but his next opponent is yet to be confirmed.

Joshua wants to face WBC belt holder Wilder to decide the heavyweight division’s undisputed champion, but Hearn says the American won’t return his calls.  

Yet when asked about Hearn’s offers, Wilder told Behind The Gloves; “The who? The what? I can’t hear you.”

The WBC champion then got serious and explained: “I don’t know, I honestly don’t know, I’ve been so busy, it’s been crazy.

“When these guys come with real offers, they know what we want. I ain’t trying to play around with nothing. Come straight, come correct and come direct. If it ain’t right then we don’t wanna entertain it and that’s the bottom line.”

Wilder vs Joshua
Wilder vs Joshua

Wilder’s scepticism towards Joshua and Hearn stems from the bitter collapse of their initial negotiations last year.

Joshua ended up facing mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin in September, leaving Wilder without an opponent, until he ended up securing a bout with Fury.

The ‘Bronze Bomber’ dropped the ‘Gypsy King’ twice, but was outboxed for the majority and their fight was ultimately ruled a controversial draw.

When asked if he believes the rematch – which has now been ordered by the WBC – will happen, Wilder stated: “Yeah, most definitely, as of right now everything’s looking good.

“I’m ready to get in camp and I’m ready to get it on?”

Giving a vague date and venue update, he added: “Maybe some time in May.

“If we’re gonna put our lives on the line again we might as well get the most money and that’s in America baby. Vegas is a strong possibility.”

Anthony Joshua’s promoter Hearn has also confirmed that Dillian Whyte, Tyson Fury and Jarrell Miller are all still possible next opponents for Joshua.


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