According to Eddie Hearn, promoter for IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (22-0, 21 KOs), they are going to offer WBC champion Deontay Wilder a two-fight deal.
The first bout would be on April 13th at Wembley Stadium in London. And the second fight, presumably should Wilder win, would be in the United States.
Wilder would first have to defeat Tyson Fury next Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles, in the main event of a Showtime Pay-Per-View card.
If Fury wins, there is an immediate rematch clause – which Wilder would certainly exercise for the first half of 2019.
And if Wilder wins, Hearn is hoping to get the deal done within three weeks time
“If Fury wins and the rematch clause kicks in, we know we’ve got to move on ourselves, but my instruction is ‘Make that fight.’ They haven’t really wanted to speak to me before it. Now when the fight’s over, if Wilder wins, we’ll be on him on Sunday, saying any chance now? Can we meet now? If they say no again, I don’t know what else we can do,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
“If they are true to their word, on December 2, if they beat Tyson Fury, we will immediately start negotiations and we’ll see where we get to. April 13 is easy, and it’s a two-fight deal this time, the offer that we’ve made. One in America, one in the UK, we cannot say fairer than that.
“We’ve got to do our best to try and make it happen, and we’ll be doing that straight after the fight. We’ve been trying to do it for the last two months, but no, wait, wait, wait. We’ll wait and then we’ll have a go on December 2, and we’ve probably got three weeks to make the fight. It’s enough time, if everyone is sensible, but who knows whether they really want it deep down.”
Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel has no problem negotiating deal with Hearn – after his boxer has finished things up with Fury next week.
“I have never rejected a call from Barry or Eddie,” said Finkel. “My phone is always open to them.”