Matchroom Boxing head Eddie Hearn has revealed that the signs of a unification bout between Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua later this year are positive, as reported on Talksport.
Current IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion Joshua is gearing up to face Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller at Madison Square Gardens in New York on June 1st, but Hearn is already looking forward to a fight with Wilder towards the end of this year.
When speaking about a potential bout between the pair, Hearn said:
It’s very encouraging. I’m not going to say too much on it, because I don’t want to jinx anything. But I think there’s an opportunity there for someone to be a mediator to get the fight done.
Clearly, the relationship between Team Wilder and Team Joshua is not the best. I think this is a route that is going to be very beneficial to the making of that undisputed fight.
It’s not just about doing a deal with Wilder, it’s about doing a deal with Joshua. They’ve got their work cut out, but the pieces are coming together. There’s a long way to go but we’ll see where it goes.
Now I think there’s a strategy in place that could lead us to this fight. There’s a clear desire from both sides to make the fight (happen).
Wilder currently holds the heavyweight WBC title and is looking for an opponent after Tyson Fury turned down the opportunity of having a rematch with the American.