Hearn Shakes Head at Joshua Guarantee For Wilder Facing Whyte

A few days ago, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KOs) made it loud and clear that he was willing to fight Dillian Whyte - if promoter Eddie Hearn can guarantee, in a binding contract, that IBF, IBO, WBA world champion Anthony Joshua would be the very next opponent.

Joshua returned on Saturday night, when he retained his belts with a tenth round stoppage over late replacement Carlos Takam at Principality in Cardiff.

Whyte saw action on the undercard, winning a twelve round unanimous decision over Robert Helenius.


Wilder has a mandatory defense scheduled against Bermane Stiverne on November 4 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Hearn has been pushing for a February showdown between Wilder and Whyte at the O2 Arena in London. Hearn has made an offer to Wilder of $3 million plus the American TV revenue.

Wilder would be open to doing the fight - if Hearn guarantees Joshua is next.

"If they want to see that fight, I have no problems fighting that fight, as long as that contract says I have Anthony Joshua next. I will go anywhere in the world to show Dillian Whyte who is the best in the world. Put Anthony Joshua on that contract and I will come to England. Dillian Whyte is an easy fight, I can fight that fight in my sleep, one hand behind my back," Wilder told Sky Sports.

"I am the heavyweight champion of the world, I want to unify the heavyweight division and I won't stop until I do that. If Eddie Hearn wants me to fight Dillian Whyte, I have no problem smashing Dillian Whyte but make sure, when you have that contract, you add Anthony Joshua, because I am going to come and knock down that kingdom that I helped build up."

But Hearn is not looking to go in that direction.

He feels strongly that by Wilder coming over to the UK to face Whyte - it will only make the Joshua fight bigger. And he says a victory would give Wilder a revenue boost in the Joshua bout.

However, Hearn is not going to make a contractual clause for Wilder that guarantees him a fight with Joshua.

"No, it doesn’t work that way," said Hearn to Metro when asked if Wilder would get a guarantee to fight Joshua. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Boxing lives on 10-31-2017

[QUOTE=Robbie Barrett;18171308]To promote the Joshua fight. Expose Wilder to the UK audience. Also give Wilder his biggest pay day. Whyte will be Wilders mandatory too. Wilder is just delaying the inevitable ducking Whyte.[/QUOTE] HAHA the guy that signed to fight…

Comment by PunchyPotorff on 10-30-2017

[QUOTE=THC;18173278]Because even you would have to agree that Wilder and Joshua are considered the top two dogs in the division. Ultimately, determining the HW King does not require a Wilder-Whyte event. Boxing fans know that Wilder-Whyte is meaningless. Conversely, Wilder-Joshua…

Comment by THC on 10-30-2017

[QUOTE=285Kid;18171718]But a Whyte victory will give Hearn control of the HWD[/QUOTE]But as a fan I just want Wilder-Joshua ASAP. ;)

Comment by THC on 10-30-2017

[QUOTE=PunchyPotorff;18171444]Explain how it would NOT make it bigger? Especially if it's on a Joshua card, which it would almost certainly be. Geez friend, wake the fek up. Hearn is just keeping Wilder in check. Joshua is the STRONG A side…

Comment by Raggamuffin on 10-30-2017

You guys and this U.K. crowd thingy is laughable. You, Hearn, and Joshua fans have Wilders plans mapped out in your heads lmao. After this weekend, you don't have **** mapped out.

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