Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn believes that Deontay Wilder accepted an offer to fight Anthony Joshua out of “panic”, according to a report on the Metro.

Hearn believes that Wilder heard that negotiations were ongoing with Alexander Povetkin to fight Joshua, which led him to swiftly accept the offer.

Both fighters have publicly stated their intent to fight one another for the chance to become the undisputed heavyweight champion and it seems that they have now got their wish.

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Hearn revealed that he is still not convinced by the intentions of Wilder. He said:

I made an offer to Deontay Wilder just under four weeks ago. They’ve obviously heard that we are likely to fight Alexander Povetkin in September so I don’t know whether this was panic or bluster.

If it is Wilder next, it has to probably be October or November. We are running out of time.

Our guys will be working on the contract and they will certainly have it by the end of the week, probably before. We will then find out what is real. It makes me sceptical because of the way they are handling this.

Wilder, the WBC champion, has accepted the offer to fight current IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO champion Joshua in the United Kingdom, with a rematch in the USA said to be included in the deal.

Hearn confirmed that he will send the American a contract by the end of the week as things begin to run a lot smoother in their negotiations.