Eddie Hearn, promoter for IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, is claiming that WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, and his handlers, have not responded to any of his recent fight offers.
Hearn was hoping to get something down for a Joshua vs. Wilder fight, for April 13th at Wembley Stadium in London, but that appears very unlikely.
Wilder is likely heading to a rematch with unbeaten Tyson Fury. The two fighters fought to a twelve round split draw last month at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Hearn states that his main focus is a showdown between Wilder and Joshua.
He’s made attempts to contact both Wilder and his co-manager Shelly Finkel – claiming that both have ignored him.
Hearn told Sky Sports News: “We can’t get any response at all from their team. In the last four or five weeks, I’ve sent five or six emails to Shelly Finkel (Wilder’s promoter). They won’t even have the decency to come back.
“I think they’ve made their mind up — they don’t want to fight Anthony Joshua. It’s frustrating because I think we’re in a place where it’s a really great deal. Wilder has always said ‘one face, one name, one champion’, but the deal we’ve offered is more than a fair split for Wilder. And it’s two fights — one in the UK and one in the US. But he’s not even entertaining that fight. Wilder won’t even answer the phone, so that’s well out the window.”
If there is no Joshua vs. Wilder, then Hearn will focus on other options like Dillian Whyte and Jarrell Miller.
Whyte appeared to be the frontrunner, but now there are issues with the money being offered for the rematch.
“We’ve had a great run with Dillian Whyte. He wants a shot at the world heavyweight title. We’ve delivered that — he doesn’t feel like the package is right at the moment. I think it is a good offer,” Hearn said.
“It was never going to be easy. But you get to a point where you say ‘Dillian, this is your chance to fight for four heavyweight belts at Wembley for millions’. What more can we do? These kind of opportunities don’t come around that often. You’re going to own the keys to the kingdom if you can beat Anthony Joshua.”