Eddie Hearn refuses to rule out Anthony Joshua facing Deontay Wilder next year as he says it could still be the ‘right commercial fight’ if the Bronze Bomber stops ‘imploding’ in interviews and gets back in the ring
- Deontay Wilder rejected an offer to face Anthony Joshua and fought Tyson Fury
- Any hopes of Wilder facing AJ appeared to vanish when he lost his WBC title
- But AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn has insisted the fight could still happen in 2022
- Joshua’s priority is to finalise a two-fight deal with British rival Fury
Eddie Hearn has admitted that it could still make financial sense to fix Anthony Joshua’s long talked about fight with Deontay Wilder for next year if the Bronze Bomber stops ‘imploding’ in interviews and gets back in the ring.
Joshua’s promoter insisted that their focus is primarily on finalising a £200million blockbuster fight for the undisputed heavyweight championship with Tyson Fury for this summer, but has refused to rule out a future showdown with Wilder.
Unified champion Joshua had been frustrated in his attempts to agree a deal with Wilder after the latter rejected a proposal and claimed that AJ was ducking him, before later revealing that the offer was worth significantly more money than he made from his first fight with Fury back in December 2018.
Eddie Hearn has said Anthony Joshua (left) could still fight Deontay Wilder (right) in 2022
Any lingering hopes of a fight between Joshua and Wilder appeared to disappear when the American was stripped of his WBC world title in a convincing stoppage defeat by Fury last year.
Wilder’s stock has dramatically fallen since then after conjuring up a long list of excuses for his first professional defeat – and Hearn recently insisted that he had ‘lost his mind’ after doubling down on his claims that his sacked ex-trainer Mark Breland spiked his water before his fight against the Brit.
But Hearn has given Wilder fresh hope of getting a potential shot at AJ in 2022 after his two contracted fights with Fury, which are on the verge of being announced.
‘If it’s the right fight for AJ, not stylistically, but if it’s the right commercial fight, [then yes],’ Hearn told Sky Sports when asked if Joshua could still face Wilder.
‘Listen, Deontay Wilder knows he turned down the deal of a lifetime to fight Anthony Joshua, but he made his bed and respect to him. I want to see him back in the ring.
‘I do believe that Deontay Wilder, he was supposed to be fighting in January. Now we’re in the middle of February, so how much longer is he going to wait?
‘He’s been out of the ring for a year now, and he’s slowly imploding in every single interview that he gives. He should get back in the ring.
Joshua’s focus is to fight Tyson Fury two times in the next year after he defeated Wilder
AJ’s promoter said Wilder needs to stop ‘imploding’ in interviews and get back in the ring
‘All we’re focusing on [though] is the Tyson Fury fight, and anything else happens in 2022, because those two fights will be our plan for 2021.’
An ongoing arbitration between Wilder and Fury is yet to be resolved, after the Bronze Bomber claimed he has a contractual right to a third fight, but Hearn has said he’s been given assurances it will not cause any issues in making the fight with Joshua.
‘That’s a problem and a question really for Top Rank, and Bob Arum [Fury’s US promotional team],’ Hearn added.
‘We’ve been assured by them, that’s not going to be an issue in making this fight.
‘That’s a Fury problem, a Team Fury problem. We’re confident that it won’t impact our fight, or the announcement.’
Wilder (left) has seen his stock dramatically fall after coming up with excuses for Fury defeat
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