Eddie Hearn has finally received an answer from Deontay Wilder’s camp as he plans a titanic heavyweight clash between the Bronze Bomber and his star fighter, Anthony Joshua. The promoter maps out Joshua’s path to a world title shot after a string of losses to Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk.
Joshua wasn’t set to return to the ring until 2023 after talks with Tyson Fury fell through in the highly-anticipated Battle of Britain. Plenty of alternative naysayers have been fired up as the 33-year-old looks to get his career back on track.
Wilders’ manager Shelley Finkel recently admitted he had turned down Hearn’s offer of a fight against Joshua or another boxer in his matchroom stable, Dillian Whyte. The American knockout artist forced a brutal first-round stoppage against Robert Helenius after bouncing back from two losses of his own against WBC champion Fury.
But Hearn has confirmed that talks have resumed after Finkel’s late response to his email. After an initial deal publicly fell apart four years ago, a 2023 bout between Wilder and Joshua could finally be on the cards.
A potential fight against Wilder represents a real superfight for Joshua, with Hearn insisting he won’t shirk his opponent on the way up. Wyatt, meanwhile, returns to the ring against Jermaine Franklin on November 26 after losing the world title to Fury in April.
Hearn is considering all of Joshua’s options with Wilder, a strong contender to fight the Briton in a shock heavyweight clash next year.
“I think it depends on when AJ fights, if he waits until April or May, he can go straight into the Dillion Wyatt fight, if he fights in February, he can have a warm-up fight first,” Hearn said. “He’s coming to Abu Dhabi this week; we’re sitting down with him to plan the next step and we’re on the verge of mapping it out.”
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