Feature | Jul 19 2018

Eddie Hearn – Anthony Joshua v Deontay Wilder is the priority for April

Anthony Joshua v Deontay Wilder is still Eddie Hearn's No.1 choice. But that doesn't mean it's going to happen...
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anthony joshua  |  Paul Macleod

EDDIE HEARN is understandably bored of talking about Anthony Joshua v Deontay Wilder and, specifically, why they’re not fighting each other in September. Boxing News, too, is a little tired of the subject – if you missed it, catch up on the whole saga here – but we wanted some confirmation that the showdown the world wants to see is still what Hearn and co want to see. . .

Boxing News: Anthony Joshua-Alexander Povetkin is a good fight, but it’s hard to shake the spectre of Deontay Wilder hanging over it…
Eddie Hearn: [Interrupting] Yes, but at the end of the day if we can’t box number two then we box number three. What more can you expect from Anthony Joshua? The level of opposition he’s facing is incredible. He could box anybody at Wembley Stadium and fill it. Look, Povetkin was his mandatory but he didn’t have to take that when you’re looking at a Wilder fight, he could have taken an easier fight [and relinquished his WBA title]. But he said, ‘No, no, Povetkin is a good fight, I want that fight.’

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