Hearn To Wilder: No More Rubbish - You Want The Fight or Not?

Barry Hearn, the founder of Matchroom Sport, is getting tired of the verbal assaults from WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs).

In the last few days, Wilder has been tearing apart Matchroom and their superstar fighter - IBF, WBO, WBA, IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs).

The two sides were negotiating for months, to reach an agreement for a showdown in the fall.


But earlier this week, the World Boxing Association gave Joshua a 24 hour period to finalize a deal with his mandatory challenger, Alexander Povetkin of Russia.

Wilder erupted in anger at the widespread headlines of Povetkin securing the fight.

But according to Hearn, there is no reason for Wilder to be angry - because his company placed a contract on the table for a unification with Joshua in April 2019 - with Wilder receiving a purse of $15 million.

"Don't give me any rubbish," Barry Hearn told Sky Sports. "You either want the fight or you don't want the fight.

"AJ is giving you the opportunity. Paying you $15m to live the dream and find out how good you are. We are committed. We've got Wembley booked. And if it's not Wilder, it's got to be someone else…"

To get there, Joshua has to defeat Povetkin, a 2004 Olympic gold medal winner and a former WBA world champion. And his sole career defeat, came at the hands of Wladimir Klitscho in 2013 - by decision.

Back in March, as part of the undercard to Joshua's unification with Joseph Parker in Cardiff, Povetkin brutally knocked out Olympic bronze medal winner David Price. 

"AJ has a tough fight against Povetkin," Barry Hearn added. "You saw what he did against David Price, he has fast hands and is as tough as boots.

"Klitschko gave him a beating but [Povetkin] didn't take a backwards step. It's a tough fight and AJ mustn't overlook that."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JWHardin on 07-16-2018

[QUOTE=Falkano;18904254]The only one who actually sent a contract was Joshua's side. Can talk about $50m until you are blue in the face. If there was no contract to sign he couldn't sign it could he? Wilder could have signed the…

Comment by thack on 07-01-2018

Imagine the Hearns in bed and J. bring them tea .....that is what it is ..but J. is getting payed really well... that's the story ...the truth.... AJ is rich enough ...prove your worth ...fuk the leechers Im not buying…

Comment by Laligalaliga on 07-01-2018

[QUOTE=Squ□redCircle34;18905892]Fixed it for you, thank me later and oh i like my bourbon whisky with honey wheat[/QUOTE] good for you.

Comment by Pechorin on 07-01-2018

[QUOTE=Dr.Cool;18906028]How many ppvs did Canelo sell before he fought Floyd? He had 40-some fights before Floyd, so how many ppvs did he sell? :boxing: :boxing: :boxing: [B]Or do you admit you are just born a crack baby? Go hit that…

Comment by Laligalaliga on 07-01-2018

[QUOTE=Raggamuffin;18904396]If you have to go ham to defend your fighter then that means that the internet has spoken. The fans now know that Joshua is a ***** and that he is controlled by Eddie and now Barry.[/QUOTE] You that wants…

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