Hearn On Joshua vs Wilder: “It’s Definitely Not Done Yet”

Hearn Says Only A Few People Know The Truth

Deontay Wilder (L) Credit: Getty Images | Eddie Hearn Credit: Twitter | Anthony Joshua Credit: Adam Davy/PA
Deontay Wilder (L) Credit: Getty Images | Eddie Hearn Credit: Twitter | Anthony Joshua Credit: Adam Davy/PA

Eddie Hearn Dispels Rumors of Joshua vs Wilder Showdown

Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn debunked swirling rumors of a finalized deal featuring former heavyweight champions Anthony “AJ” Joshua versus Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder.

The boxing community has long awaited the showdown between AJ (26-3, 22KO) and Wilder (43-2-1, 42KO), going back to when they were both world champions. The fight lost some of its luster after both fighters suffered losses. Nevertheless, fans remain intrigued by the prospect of determining the superior fighter.

Wilder hinted at a potential two-fight deal with Joshua over the summer, sparking excitement in the boxing world. As the Day of Reckoning mega-card featuring Joshua against Otto Wallin and Wilder against Joseph Parker approaches, rumors have circulated the fight has been finalized.


In an interview with Boxing News, Hearn dismissed the notion that the fight is signed. He further emphasized that only a select few people know the actual status of negotiations.

“The talks continue. We’re not really going to go into too much before the fight. I’ve seen reports from other journalists, and they were incorrect . . . The only people who know the truth are myself, his Excellency, and AJ’s team. Will there be an announcement on Saturday, if he wins [Joshua], if Wilder wins, if they’re unscathed? Maybe!”

“There are a lot of things that got to happen for that fight to get done. So, it’s definitely not done yet. It can’t be done anyway until after Saturday night.”

Hearn, a shrewd operator, understands the value of keeping fans guessing to maximize profit. However, in this situation, he is correct, considering the numerous moving parts involved.

Firstly, Joshua and Wilder need to emerge victorious, and that is never a guarantee in this sport. Secondly, if either of them losses or suffers serious injury, it could lead to a delay in the proceedings.

Fans will be eagerly praying they secure victories, so the boxing world can finally witness the fight some have been waiting to see. Catch all the action live on DAZN PPV from Saudi Arabia on December 23. Stay tuned for updates.

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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."