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Hearn: Wilder Must Agree Now, We Won't Wait Until Fury Fight!

Anthony Joshua believes his long-awaited clash with fellow world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder will take place as it would be "silly not to".

But promoter Eddie Hearn has warned a deal must be agreed quickly if the American is to be Joshua's next opponent.

Joshua successfully defended his International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organisation belts with brutal a seventh-round stoppage of Alexander Povetkin at London's Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

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He is already booked in to box again at Wembley on April 13, but the question of an opponent has still to be resolved.

Joshua has repeatedly stressed he wants to fight fellow undefeated champion Wilder, who holds the World Boxing Council version of the heavyweight title, next.

"We have to fight, it would be silly not to" Joshua told reporters after inflicting the first stoppage-loss of Povetkin's professional career.

Wilder, however, is next due to face Britain's former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury on December 1.

Talks between the Joshua and Wilder camps have stalled and Hearn is worried a fight that will be worth far more than the "peanuts" of an initially offered $50 million could be derailed.

If Fury beats Wilder, the rematch clause would likely be activated, delaying both boxers from facing Joshua, the London 2012 Olympic champion who now has a professional record of 22 wins from 22 fights, with 21 knockouts.

"Being British, we'd like Fury to win, but for April, Wilder must win if that's going to happen," said Hearn.

"We're not willing to wait until December to see. A deal must be done in advance of that, subject to him winning.

"But now, after 80,000 (the estimated crowd at Wembley) and the worldwide exposure and after the finish (against Povetkin) that offer (made previously, by the Wilder camp) will look like absolute peanuts when this fight is made."

"That is the biggest fight in boxing; Wilder-Fury is a really good fight to see who's the second best heavyweight in the world. Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko was the biggest fight in British boxing history, and Joshua-Wilder would eclipse that. We want that now."

Hearn insisted: "We're not waiting for time-wasters; we understand if they lose we'll have to find another opponent, but if you win, we're not waiting until December.

"These aren't negotiations that will take 24 hours, and Joshua's career is not being slowed down. If they don't want to do that, we'll fight someone else."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Boxing lives on 09-24-2018

Fury is the best British heavyweight. Hearn sounds pathetic. No Wilder will not cede leverage after he beats Fury in a huge PPV event. He will only be a bigger name in the British market after that fight.... if he…

Comment by imisupu on 09-24-2018

He wants Wilder to agree before he beats Fury and become the Lineal Heavy Champion of the World and hold more negotiating power. **NEWS FLASH** Hearn knows AJ about to get beat so he trying to cash out!

Comment by Curtis2 on 09-24-2018

Comical..anything Eddie & fake champion AJ say is like opening and reading the comic/cartoons from back of a newspaper...LOL

Comment by b00g13man on 09-24-2018

[QUOTE=Noelanthony;19134089]I’m glad that you are glad✌🏿[/QUOTE] k.............

Comment by uppercut510 on 09-24-2018

[QUOTE=Oshio;19134715]How come Wilder and his team did not use the social media at all in the negotiating of the Fury fight but always uses social media for Joshua[/QUOTE] because team fury weren't lying and contradicting themselves all over social media…

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