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Hearn: Without Joshua, Wilder's Future is Not Too Bright or Rosy

If both sides can reach an agreement for the event's location, the arrangements for a fight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder could be finalized in a "few days," Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports.

Negotiations continued between Barry Hearn, Eddie's father, and Shelly Finkel, Wilder's co-manager, in New York.

One of the main points of discussion is the location of the fight. Wilder's camp offered $50 million for the fight, with hopes of it being held in Las Vegas. Wilder (40-0), who is from Tuscaloosa, Ala., has never had a fight outside the United States, Mexico or Puerto Rico. Joshua (21-0) has never fought outside his native United Kingdom.

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Although terms haven't been finalized yet, Sky Sports cited Wembley Stadium in London as a potential venue. The home pitch for the England national soccer team and Tottenham Hotspur F.C. has a capacity of 90,000.

"We want to do the fight in the U.K.," Eddie Hearn said. "I don't think they are too keen to do the fight in the U.K., but I think they are slowly realizing that without Anthony Joshua, the future is not too bright and rosy for Deontay Wilder."

Eddie Hearn had previously warned Wilder's camp that a WBA title fight with Alexander Povetkin was in the works. That fight may still occur, but he's confident that this one will happen as well regardless.

"(Wilder) wants the fight, we want the fight. Time is running out, because we need to let the WBA know and Alexander Povetkin know if we're fighting them in September," Hearn said. "At the moment, it looks like we are. I think this fight with Wilder could get agreed in the next couple of weeks. I think it will get agreed in the next couple of weeks and probably signed.

"It's just a case of whether that fight happens in October, November, September, or we do it in February or March next year. Either way I do think it will get agreed. It's just a timescale thing now."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by juggernaut666 on 06-06-2018

[QUOTE=AJISKING;18835629]Why are we ignoring wilder and his team saying they will fight in the uk no issues This has cost wilder a huge pay day Let’s be honest here, nobody really cares about wilder only the belt he was given.…

Comment by juggernaut666 on 06-06-2018

[QUOTE=JcLazyX210;18836076]FRES OQUENDO will be the number 1 ranked mando after Alexander gets beats by AJ. He can fight Fres lol.[/QUOTE] I would actually like to see Fres vs Joshua just cause .... :chairshot However realistically Joshua wouldn't fight someone like…

Comment by Sid-Knee on 06-06-2018

[QUOTE=JcLazyX210;18836076]FRES OQUENDO will be the number 1 ranked mando after Alexander gets beats by AJ. He can fight Fres lol.[/QUOTE] Do you know what, you could be right. Wilder loves to fight this kind of level. Although he would have…

Comment by JcLazyX210 on 06-06-2018

[QUOTE=Sid-Knee;18835462]And what interim title is out there for Wilder to collect?[/QUOTE] FRES OQUENDO will be the number 1 ranked mando after Alexander gets beats by AJ. He can fight Fres lol.

Comment by AJISKING on 06-06-2018

Why are we ignoring wilder and his team saying they will fight in the uk no issues This has cost wilder a huge pay day Let’s be honest here, nobody really cares about wilder only the belt he was given.…

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