According to Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn, a fight with Tyson Fury is more likely to take place than a world title unification bout with Deontay Wilder.
That’s because, according to Hearn, the American’s team have stopped responding to any negotiations and won’t have a conversation about a meeting between the two heavyweight champions. Speaking with Sky Sports, Hearn revealed Wilder’s promoter Shelly Finkel has ignored around six e-mails with various proposals.
“Well, to say Deontay Wilder’s camp has gone quiet, that’s saying it lightly,” Hearn said. “Probably up to six unanswered emails now. In fact, I sent one a couple of days ago, saying I just want to check these haven’t gone into your Spam items. It is frustrating because you walk out there on the street ‘When’s he going to fight Deontay Wilder?’ It’s like, whenever they want it, but sometimes the public want to believe a fighter on Instagram all day.
“If they wanted the fight, they would talk to me. They’re not even talking to us. We’ve made offers, we’ve made percentage splits. Everything we can do, to try and make that fight. I think right now, there’s more chance of fighting Tyson Fury. There’s a man that knows he can have this fight, if he wants it. I’ve spoken to him. He knows if he wants to fight Joshua, it can happen April 13.”
Joshua is currently aiming to fight in Wembley Stadium on the aforementioned April date, although finding an opponent seems trickier than anticipated, with Fury, Wilder and Dillian Whyte all feeling they should command a higher price than offered.
“It’s almost like a race against time, particularly for those three, Wilder, Fury and Whyte,” Hearn said. “They’ve all had offers, they could all sign now today, and get the fight. But do they want the fight? I believe the offers, some have been made, some are about to be improved, it’s put up or shut up time.
“You want to win these four title belts, you believe you can beat Anthony Joshua, then let’s go, but everyone wants to negotiate, and rightly so.”