By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
EDDIE HEARN believes Deontay Wilder will fight Dominic Breazeale next – which will put any hope of a £100m clash with Anthony Joshua back until November or December.
WBA, IBO, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Joshua is ready to put his titles on the line against WBC title holder Wilder next.
But Hearn fears Wilder’s camp have already agreed a deal to face former Joshua victim Breazeale after the latter pulled out of an IBF final eliminator against Kubrat Pulev.
The Matchroom chief said: “Wilder’s going to fight Breazeale next.
“There’s no doubt about that because the IBF ordered a final eliminator between Pulev and Breazeale and Breazeale pulled out because he’s going to fight Wilder next.
“Breazeale had a final eliminator to fight Pulev, a massive opportunity to become mandatory to Joshua and if he had fought Pulev, he would probably have won.
“So why pull out if he had nothing else on? The answer is because he’s fighting Deontay Wilder.
“If Wilder then fights in June or July against Breazeale, then our fight with Wilder would not take place until November or December.”
Hearn is ready to go into talks with the American’s team immediately after Joshua’s win over Joseph Parker at the weekend, but revealed those discussions will be complicated.
That is because Wilder has three people looking out for his interests – music mogul Al Haymon, long-serving boxing manager Shelly Finkel and trainer Jay Deas.
“Conversations have been going on for the last few weeks behind the scenes,” he said. “Now we have got Saturday out of the way, they can continue.
“It’s difficult because Wilder has three managers - Al Haymon, Shirley (Shelly Finkel), and Jay Deas.
“They don’t really like each other and each one will feel they don’t need the others.
“Al says why does he have to deal with Shirley? Shirley says he has lots of experience so why does he needs Haymon.
“And Deas has been with Deontay from the beginning and is thinking ‘why did we have to bring these two in?’
“I’m speaking to Al Haymon’s people. I’ve got a good relationship with them and I can do business with them.
“I did the Charles Martin deal with them, Dominic Breazeale, Errol Spence Junior deal when he fought Kell Brook.
“I’ve done lots of big fights with them very easily.
“But with Shirley, I can’t see an agreement taking place because we don’t like the way he does business.
“Every time Shirley comes out in the media, it takes things further away and people don’t realise it’s really difficult.”
But Hearn reiterated that the fight needs to be made by the end of 2018 otherwise not all the belts will be on the line which will take away some value from the clash.
He added: “Really, if we don’t make this fight by the end of 2018, or by January/February 2019 at the very latest, it can’t happen for all of the belts because the mandatories will be due.
“It would still be big, but it would not be historic.”