Hearn Provides Update on Joshua vs. Wilder Negotiations

by Steve Kim

While doing a phone interview on 'the 3 Knockdown Rule' podcast with Mario Lopez, promoter Eddie Hearn was asked about the status of the negotiations between IBF/WBA/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs), and WBC belt-holder, Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs).

The discussions between the two sides have heated in the last few weeks, after Wilder's handlers presented Joshua with a guaranteed deal of $50 million.

One of the biggest sticking points in finalizing the deal - is the location of the fight.


Wilder wants the contest to take place in the United States, while Joshua is standing firm on having the event in the UK.

"We're talking,"said Hearn, the head of Matchroom Sports, which represents Joshua, "which I guess is positive. We're in a situation where Anthony Joshua, me, as well and his trainer/manager Rob McCracken feel like he and we have earned the right to do this fight in the UK. We feel that he's the A-side in the fight, he's got three of the four championship belts.

"He's the one producing the 90,000 (fans in attendance). We've got a great offer from Deontay Wilder's team, unfortunately for Deontay Wilder's team Anthony Joshua doesn't need the money and he's not driven by the money. But we want to do everything we can do to get the fight to happen in the UK."

But Hearn added - "Does that mean we wont go to America? Not necessarily, but it's not going to be driven by whether he can make $35(million), $45 (million) or $50 million in America. This is where (Joshua) been doing things, this is where he's been building. This is a big fight, this is a high risk fight and the feeling  from the team is the fight should take place in the UK.

"So we've gone back to them, we're still talking, we've talked about their numbers from our side."

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Laligalaliga on 05-25-2018

[QUOTE=juandabomb;18798837]take the fight to vegas...thats where a heavyweight of that magnitude should be[/QUOTE] HW has migrated to the UK. I it's quite difficult to swallow but that's reality.

Comment by Laligalaliga on 05-25-2018

[QUOTE=KING5TWENTY;18798543]I can't even imagine the amount of backlash any other fighter in the world would get for acting like this yet alone the heavyweight champ. Turning down by far his biggest payday just to not fight in America? Why is…

Comment by vitali1999 on 05-24-2018

[QUOTE=Scipio2009;18798908]Why? Have the rematch, and then simply fight whatever mandatory comes up. The IBF mandatory is yet to be set yet, and they're the most strict with following their rules. The WBC is the next most strict, but they have…

Comment by BoxingTech718 on 05-24-2018

[QUOTE=EnglishOxide;18799389]Wilder just needs to realise that if he wants what Joshua has then he needs to fight on his terms. Because like it or not, Joshua is 'the man'. Suddenly the bytches saying 'its not about money' when Wilder was…

Comment by Noelanthony on 05-24-2018

[QUOTE=Bad_Guy;18801330]I hope Wilder goes to the UK and KTFOs Joshua in front of his fans. Then, give him the rematch in Alabama if he wants it.[/QUOTE] It’s not happening buddy. Why can’t you hope for things that are more probable…

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