Hearn: If Joshua-Povetkin in September, Wilder is Then February

Eddie Hearn, promoter for IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs), says a showdown with WBC champion Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) is looking more likely for February of next year.

The two sides are negotiating, but their discussions are dragging out - with neither side budging on the fight location.

Joshua wants the contest to take place in the UK- and he doesn't appear interested in Wilder's offer of $50 million to do the fight in the United States.


Eddie Hearn's father, Barry, met with Wilder's co-manager Shelly Finkel last week - but there is no deal in sight.

The problem Hearn is having - is the WBA's order for Joshua to make a mandatory defense against Alexander Povetkin of Russia.

And the sanctioning body is now pushing hard for Joshua to make that defense.

"My dad met with Shelly and there are now frequent conversations. Those two met on Friday, they emailed us on Monday morning and we are getting back to them. I think it will get done but the WBA are asking us every day and we are extending this negotiation period all the time. At the moment, we are fighting Povetkin. I think we have to make a call by the end of the week really," Hearn to The Daily Mail.

"We want to fight in September but September doesn't work with Wilder because of Showtime. If we fight Wilder it would probably be October, November but if we fight Povetkin it will be September. If Povetkin is September then Wilder probably won't happen until February."

But, even in February, the problem would still remain the same - as Joshua would still want Wilder to fight him in the UK.

Joshua seems firm on a two-fight deal, where the first contest with Wilder is in the UK - and the rematch, should Wilder win, head over to the United States.

"If Povetkin is September then Wilder probably won't happen until February. That would mean we would probably go to Cardiff. We wanted to fight Wilder in September because there was the possibility of places like Wembley. But if you go October or November then it also becomes Cardiff, where we have done two fights on the bounce," Hearn said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by PunchyPotorff on 06-07-2018

Quote: Originally Posted by PunchyPotorff View Post Wilder fans still chiming in as if this is ONLY Joshua's fault. That's a good one. Meanwhile, Wilder's huge ego makes him say some of the most ignorant b.s. imaginable. Wilder just needs…

Comment by 5000boxing on 06-05-2018

[QUOTE=KillaCamNZ;18833637]You do realize I fired that one tiny shot at you just to see if you'd take the bait, right? Hook, line and sinker. You're easier to trigger than I thought. Who's sensitive now?[/QUOTE] Lol.. my bad.. I've been arguing…

Comment by saintpat on 06-05-2018

Isn’t Eddie’s whole DZAN platform that elite fighters need to fight three times a year? Why can’t AJ fight in August and again in November or December. Or is he conceding that AJ is not elite?

Comment by KillaCamNZ on 06-05-2018

[QUOTE=5000boxing;18833463]Im sorry about kicking sand in your V*gina.. wrong site though homey.. u need to go watch the kitchen channel or figure skating u dumn f*ck. This is boxing u silly hoe.. too many sensitive beta bytches on here.. AJ…

Comment by Kris Silver on 06-05-2018

[QUOTE=EnglishOxide;18831958]Because if it does better than expected then Wilder gets 50%. They obviously grossly underestimated Wilders backers' confidence in generating money for this fight, otherwise AJ would never have made his comment. 50/50 and giving away home advantage as well…

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