Hearn set to discuss Joshua’s three-fight 2018 plan, admits Wilder fight not as big as it should be
Promoter Eddie Hearn isn’t yet convinced a fight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder should be put on the table, despite both holding versions of the world heavyweight title.
The Matchroom boss is set to meet up with Joshua next week to discuss his options for the coming year, with the likes of Tyson Fury and Wilder fights up for debate.
“AJ has told me 100 percent that he has no problem with the Fury fight,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
“He wants to give the public the biggest fights out there and nothing comes bigger than Joshua v Fury, so we are going to sit down with AJ and Tyson Fury, and try and build a plan to give what will be unquestionably the biggest fight British boxing history has ever seen.”
“We have a meeting next Tuesday to go through the plan for 2018. I think really we would like to box three times, and if that is going to happen maybe get out February/March, or maybe early April, then go again in the summer, and towards the end of the year.
“Three things to take care of are the WBA mandatory at some point, when that is called, Deontay Wilder, Joseph Parker, maybe even Fury if he comes back into the sport.
“We have to get the balance right between doing the right deals and the right business for AJ, understanding that some fights aren’t as big as they should be yet, and Joshua v Wilder is a good example of that.
“This guy [Joshua] has seven, eight years left. He is going to go through everybody and you will see all these fights, it’s just a case of when and where.”
Joshua defeated Carlos Takam last weekend in a performance widely criticised and has a mandatory defense with the WBA, potentially against Luis Ortiz, on the horizon.