Hearn: I Don't Want To Wait Until 12/1 For Wilder-Joshua Talks

Eddie Hearn, promoter for IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, does not want to wait until December 1 to begin negotiations for a potential unification with WBC champion Deontay Wilder.

Wilder (40-0, 39KOs) will make a defense of his title in a high profile fight against Tyson Fury on December 1 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs), last month, knocked out Alexander Povetkin in the seventh round in a WBA mandatory defense at Wembley in London.


Joshua is scheduled to fight again on April 13, back at Wembley.

The focus right now, is to start negotiations for a unification with Wilder.

Wilder's team would rather begun the talks in the aftermath of the Fury fight.

Because the negotiations will be long and complicated, Hearn wants to at least set down a tentative set of terms for the fight, in order to understand where both sides stand on the matter.

"What I want his legacy to be, which is something he shares, is to be one of the greatest heavyweights of all time, to be the undisputed champion is the ultimate goal, it might happen as soon as April 13," Hearn told Sky Sports.

"We are starting the conversations now, I don't want to wait and start from scratch on December 1 as then we'd be under pressure, I want to get a feel now and see what deal Wilder's team may accept and then we can get somewhere close.

"It's amazing to see this young man [Joshua] go from his O2 debut as a young kid out of the Olympics, to where he is now, the biggest figurehead in the sport of boxing, a trailblazer and the biggest idol, icon and ambassador in the sport. I'm very proud of him."

If the Wilder fight is not done, then Dillian Whyte is the frontrunner to face Joshua on the date. Joshua stopped Whyte in the seventh round back in December of 2015.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Scipio2009 on 10-22-2018

[QUOTE=Zn1;19214032]Ask Eddie if it's too short a time, he's the one that's been trying to negotiate with their team for well over a year while Shelley Finkel continually swats him away like a pest.[/QUOTE] Eddie Hearn had the fight for…

Comment by Scipio2009 on 10-22-2018

[QUOTE=Zn1;19214030]Irrespective of that, if they are NOT finalizing anything then what reason does Finkel have to keep Hearn at arms length as aggressively and offensively as he has, especially when the biggest money fight for Wilder is a guy that…

Comment by aboutfkntime on 10-22-2018

[QUOTE=aboutfkntime;19212829]not gonna argue just that the STARTING point [B]HAS[/B] to be 32.5% [B]minimum[/B], as per Parker's purse until that happens, no serious discussion is being harmed in the making of that fight lol[/QUOTE] [QUOTE]Originally Posted by [B]aboutfkntime[/B] [B]FACT:[/B] Joshua is…

Comment by Zn1 on 10-22-2018

[QUOTE=JWHardin;19214250]"We're not willing to wait until December," Hearn said. "We can wait until December to see but a deal must be done well in advance of that.[/QUOTE] why no source? is that because I'll see the date on it perhaps…

Comment by JWHardin on 10-22-2018

[QUOTE=Zn1;19214243]and again, who is saying anything about signing contracts before the fight anymore? plus what you're actually referring to is exactly what Team Wilder just did with Team Fury :D[/QUOTE] "We're not willing to wait until December," Hearn said. "We…

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