Hearn Places Deadline on Wilder to Accept UK Fight

Hearn says he needs an answer

Eddie Hearn has put a deadline on the negotiations for a potential Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder unification bout. Hearn believes that two weeks is the absolute longest they can wait before the WBA will order a purse bid for Joshua to defend his title against mandatory Alexander Povetkin.

While Hearn is actually correct in his thought on the WBA, many fans feel a deal for a Povetkin fight is pretty much a forgone conclusion. Hearn insists that is not the case.

“Of course we are still focused on Wilder and he understands that we want the fight in the UK. I think he always knew he would have to come over for the first fight. They made a good offer but there’s some points in the offer we can’t agree to and Anthony wants to be able to give this fight to his fans. We’re ready to go in September and it will either be Wilder or Povetkin. We’re waiting for Deontay to make a decision.” said Hearn.

Hearn also said that he is talking to team Wilder very frequently. He believes it’s still very possible the unification bout can be made but he needs an answer pretty soon. He’s recently been reported as saying Wilder has till the end of this week to make a decision.

Is a week a reasonable amount of time? Well that depends on where they’re actually at in negotiations but one thing that is promising is that we really don’t know. However, Hearn did tell 3KingsBoxing.com that we will definitely have an announcement on Joshua’s next fight soon.

By: Chris Henderson