Hearn On AJ Return: “The Main Focus Remains Deontay Wilder”

Eddie Hearn Determined to Find a Home for AJ vs Wilder

Eddie Hearn seeks a location for Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder
Eddie Hearn seeks a location for Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder | credit: Getty, DAZN

Eddie Hearn Still Seeking a Location for AJ vs Wilder

Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn is tirelessly working to make the long-awaited showdown between former world heavyweight champions Anthony “AJ” Joshua (26-3, 23KO) and Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (43-2-1, 42KO) a reality. Saudi Arabia was initially the frontrunner to host the fight. However, Hearn is now exploring alternative locations as the first choice may no longer be an option.

Sometimes when things seem too good to be true, there’s a reason behind it. The boxing community was initially thrilled on April 12 when news broke of a mega-card featuring world champions Tyson Fury versus Oleksandr Usyk for an undisputed title, with Joshua vs Wilder as the undercard bout. However, fans got a bucket of cold water poured over their enthusiasm when the British promoter revealed that the fight was facing uncertainty.

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In a conversation with Boxing Social, Hearn emphasized that the primary objective is to have AJ meet The Bronze Bomber.

“I had good conversations with Shelly Finkel yesterday. We want to make the fight with them. We received an offer, we accepted the offer, as did Deontay Wilder, and now, at the moment, we can’t move forward with that. We do have other offers that have come in, and there are opportunities to do that in other locations. . . as far as names go, one name really that is the main focus for the next fight and that remains Deontay Wilder.”

Hearn refrained from disclosing specific details about the potential Middle Eastern location. However, he did mention that they are eyeing January or February for the fight. Given the recent developments, boxing fans may need to temper their expectations as uncertainty looms over this highly anticipated bout.

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Garrisson Bland - Head of Public Relations/Senior Journalist. Garrisson is the Head of Public relations for 3kingsboxing.com as well as a senior writer. He is also the host of YouTube boxing show "Truth And Facts Sports Talk."