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Hearn: If Wilder Doesn't Want Joshua - Nothing We Can Do

Eddie Hearn, promoter for IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, says WBC champion Deontay Wilder is their only target for April 13 at Wembley in London.

Earlier this month, Wilder fought to a controversial twelve round split draw with Tyson Fury at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

Now the main focus for Wilder is certainly a highly anticipated rematch with Fury - likely to take place in the first half of 2019.

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Joshua retained his titles back in September with a knockout victory over WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin.

But if Wilder is not going to take part in the contest, then Hearn will focus on other options.

The frontrunner would become the winner of next Saturday's rematch between Dereck Chisora and Dillian Whyte. Heavyweight contender Jarrell Miller is another option, and so is unified cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk.

Joshua will be ringside next weekend, at the O2 in London, to scout the Whyte-Chisora rematch.

The unification between Joshua and Wilder has been discussed in the past, with the two sides being unable to reach an agreement.

"He (Joshua) just came out and told the truth: I want Deontay Wilder on April 13 - that's my fight date at Wembley," Hearn exclusively told Sky Sports.

"Why not? If you want to be undisputed, now's the time, so he's made it clear, to the public, to me, that's what he wants. If Wilder fights Fury, he [Joshua] has to fight the winner of Whyte-Chisora or Jarrell Miller, or [Oleksandr] Usyk, or one of these guys.

"But there is absolutely no poll required for Anthony Joshua. It's just Deontay Wilder, just the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world. Right now, our focus is on Deontay Wilder on April 13, at Wembley. If he doesn't want to fight Anthony Joshua, there's nothing we can do, but that's what we want."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by WBC WBA IBF on 12-16-2018

[QUOTE=rolshans;19357212]A bit of a cop-out to say that that's what Hearn can do. There are a million things he can do to make the fight.[/QUOTE] Then he shouldn't say there's nothing he can do. There's plenty he can do. When…

Comment by Noelanthony on 12-15-2018

[QUOTE=fullers;19358300]Don't misunderstand me. I'm not a Joshua or wilder fan. I'm a boxing fan who wants to see the best fights. As a boxing fan it appears to me that two of the top three hw s agree to fight.…

Comment by fullers on 12-15-2018

[QUOTE=Toffee;19357731]No-one has ever fought a fight based on an Instagram contract. You need an actual contract. They negotiated and failed to reach an agreement. That's a fact. One of very few known facts in this matter. The dedication to one…

Comment by fullers on 12-15-2018

[QUOTE=Noelanthony;19357710]It’s about who you have fought and hw many belts you have. If justice was served Wilder would be belt less. The 2 people he fought I.e Ortiz and Fury he has been exposed. I have never in my life…

Comment by fullers on 12-15-2018

[QUOTE=Toffee;19357731]No-one has ever fought a fight based on an Instagram contract. You need an actual contract. They negotiated and failed to reach an agreement. That's a fact. One of very few known facts in this matter. The dedication to one…

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