Will we or will we not see this fight next
While most fans are wanting a complete update on the negotiations for a possible unification showdown between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, the two sides are pretty much remaining quiet on the subject. Earlier today however Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn gave somewhat of an update.
Fans have been wondering has there been any counter offer from Hearn since turning down the $50 million offer to fight in America. It has been rumored there was a new offer on the table and Hearn confirmed that;
“Yes we sent an offer two weeks ago, an improved offer. We’ve continued to talk since but we need an answer soon. My dad (Barry Hearn, Matchroom Founder) is over in New York now and hopefully meeting with Shelly Finkel today actually.”
Hearn wouldn’t reveal the exact number although he did say that he believes Wilder will take it. He also referenced the recent deadline that he put in place earlier this week.
“I don’t like to put a deadline on negotiations but Anthony wants to fight in September and we’re talking to the WBA mandatory Povetkin and he’s team as well. We’re close to a deal there so if Deontay wants to fight in September then we need to know soon.”
Rumors have circulated that a deal between Joshua and Povetkin may already be in place but Hearn denied those reports at this time.
There’s little doubt that Joshua-Wilder is THE fight in the division but one can’t help but wonder if Hearn isn’t looking at this from a promotional perspective in that the longer it builds the bigger it is.
The “marinating” game is a very dangerous game to play in the heavyweight division however. Let’s hope this fight doesn’t get over marinated.
By: Chris Henderson