Eddie Hearn hopeful of making Anthony Joshua v Deontay Wilder fight

Last Updated April 18 2018, 09:03Boxing
Joshua and Wilder
Joshua and Wilder

Eddie Hearn says he is hopeful of making the heavyweight unification fight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder while in New York this week.

Matchroom boss Hearn says they have made an offer to WBC champion Wilder to face IBF, WBO and WBA champion Joshua to see who is the undisputed king of the heavyweight division, and will hope to get an answer while in the Big Apple.

Wilder has proven to be a tricky customer to negotiate with, as he’s been calling for the fight publicly but has reportedly been unwilling to enter into serious negotiations.

Joshua is seen as favourite should the two meet, as he's 4/9 to beat the American while Wilder is 15/8 to claim Joshua's three belts.

With Hearn in New York this week, he wants to meet with Wilder’s people to try and finally thrash out a deal.

"We made an offer last week. We haven't heard from them yet. There's been a bit of talking behind the scenes," Hearn said on Sky Sports News.


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"We are in New York next week for the Danny Jacobs fight and Katie Taylor unification. I'm going to look to meet up with them in New York, get face to face with them, look into the whites of their eyes, and just see if we can make a deal.

"We have made an offer that we feel is substantial, if not we're happy to talk about the numbers and look at their ideas as well."

Joshua has been told by the WBA he must put his 'super' belt on the line against contender Alexander Povetkin. Hearn admitted that situation had made on-going negotiations with the American's camp more complicated.

"Anthony's made it clear - that's the fight he wants next, the Deontay Wilder fight," Hearn added.

"With these mandatories coming up as well, Povetkin, and the possible IBF mandatory, I've said before there's not many opportunities to make an undisputed fight. Really the focus is for us to make the Deontay Wilder fight next.

"If not, it has to be the one after, and we'll have to deal with a mandatory in the meantime. It could be Alexander Povetkin.

"Generally from AJ's side, from our side, from the team's side, the Wilder fight is one we have no problems with at all.

"We've just got to find the right deal and we'll be trying to do that next week in New York."

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