Eddie Hearn Floats Deontay Wilder for Anthony Joshua Interim Fight
The boxing community can still remember when the biggest fight in boxing was between former unified heavyweight champion Anthony “AJ” Joshua (24-2, 22 KO’s) and former WBC champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KO’s). The fight never materialized, leaving the sport of boxing with another missed opportunity. However, Joshua’s wish list could provide a way for fans to see them fight.
The recent turmoil in Ukraine, homeland of unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, has left a cloud of uncertainty surrounding the Joshua rematch. AJ is without a dance partner, and it been revealed that he wants to fight in a possible interim bout.
Joshua has been more vocal than normal, going in on fans on social media who suggested he ducked Wilder. He dropped an old post made by Wilder to kill any further doubts talk on the matter.
During an interview with iFL TV, Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn revealed one potential opponent for the interim bout that has social media buzzing.
“You know, I think AJ was talking last night about Ortiz, Wallin; a southpaw the same as Usyk might make sense. Joe Joyce. AJ talked about Deontay Wilder. I think if you said to AJ right now, ‘who’s your top choice,’ I think he’d probably go for Deontay Wilder. It’s a big fight!”
Honestly, this author agrees with Hearn. Joshua versus Wilder is still a big fight, and given how both men are coming off losses, the timing is perfect. Moreover, they can make it happen in the United Kingdom at Wembley Stadium and do massive numbers. Wilder needs to be on the phone burning up those long-distance minutes inquiring about making this fight.
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By: Garrisson Bland