Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that a potential bout with Deontay Wilder in April is unlikely, according to a report on talkSPORT.
Fellow Brit Tyson Fury faced Wilder at the beginning of the month in Los Angeles and was agonisingly close to coming out on top, with the bout ending in a controversial split decision draw.
The result in America earlier this month has led to speculation of a rematch between the pair, despite Joshua publicly stating he wants to fight the WBC champion next April at Wembley Stadium.
However, talking to Boxing News earlier in the week, promoter Hearn insisted that a potential meeting between Joshua and Wilder is looking extremely unlikely, with Dillian Whyte another option for the current IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO champion.
I don’t believe that Wilder will fight Joshua in April. We’ll sit down pretty much immediately and see if there’s a deal to be done. Dillian has become a pay-per-view fighter in his own right. He’s had two back-to-back pay-per-views that have done fantastic numbers.
Both of them have been fight of the year contenders against Parker and against Chisora. So, he’s in a great place.
Hearn also addressed suggestions that Joshua could well face off against fellow Brit Fury in 2019, claiming the 29-year-old is fully focused on becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion.
Joshua wants to be undisputed. If he can’t get those then he looks at Fury and Dillian (Whyte). But these guys they’re not lapdogs, they’re not just going to turn round and say ‘yeah, alright then, just tell me what the deal is and I’ll be there’.
They’re not just like a voluntary where I’m over the moon to get the shot. They’re in position. So whether it’s Dillian, whether it’s Fury, whether it’s Jarrell Miller, whether it’s Wilder, who knows?