Hearn: Joshua Wants Wilder - But He Wants The Fight in The UK

WBA, WBO, IBO and IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs) wants to get in the ring with WBC champion Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs).

But he wants the contest to take place on UK soil, according to his promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport.

Joshua vs. Wilder is arguably the biggest fight to be made in the sport.


Hearn met with Joshua a few days ago, and the boxer made it clear that he wants to fight Wilder on UK soil.

Joshua's last three fights drew massive crowds, with 90,000 at his April 2017 bout with Wladimir Klitschko in Wembley, 76,000 for the October 2017 bout with Carlos Takam at Principality, and the same number for the March 2018 unification with Joseph Parker at Principality.

However, Hearn admits the contest would make more money if the event was staged in the United States.

Wilder's handler's have offered Joshua a guarantee of $50 million to make the fight on American soil.

“I met with Anthony and his coach Rob McCracken on Tuesday to discuss our next move. AJ feels like he deserves it to the UK fans who have supported him up until now to make sure it happens at home," Hearn told's Declan Taylor.

“It gets to the stage where we are asking ‘Why are we looking to do this in the US?’ Because it’s more money – but is that really important?

“At the moment the fight makes more money in America but he feels like he owes it to the UK fans to do it at home.”

On Thursday, Hearn staged a press conference in New York City to officially announce an eight-year, $1 billion deal with global streaming company Perform Group.

Hearn's company will now stage 16 shows in the United States every year, while Perform Group will stream 16 of his UK cards live in the US - through the DAZN streaming service.

“This is a truly historic moment for boxing and a very proud moment for me, my family and everyone at Matchroom," Hearn said.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by KnickTillDeaTh on 05-17-2018

[QUOTE=Holler;18776261]If you publish a confidential private communication without the permission of the originating party then you're abandoning commercial confidentiality and committing a serious breach of trust. It's bizarre that you think this behaviour somehow forced Hearn to continue negotiating when…

Comment by juggernaut666 on 05-16-2018

[QUOTE=New England;18776266]AKA they know damn well showtime / cbs and al haymon had th emoney to put this thing on PPV in the states, and pay 50 million to joshua with an upside. they turned down 50 million to keep…

Comment by MDPopescu on 05-16-2018

[QUOTE=New England;18776295]how much they've made has no direct baring on how much revenue they can generate. it has a lot more to do with the purses they deserve and will come up accordingly. eddie hearn has said himself that the…

Comment by KillaMane26 on 05-16-2018

No problem but moreso the change of tune i don't like

Comment by New England on 05-16-2018

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;18776280]... everybody wants to fight "at home"... [B]paying Wilder what he deserves[/B] it's but a figure of speech... he already fought 40 times and the other one fought only 20 times... (I don't invite you to compare their respective "fortunes"…

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