Exclusive: Wilder manager Deas wants Hearn / DiBella NY meeting this week, Joshua fight made next
Jay Deas has informed WBN of his desire to open talks with Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn regarding a massive unification with Deontay Wilder.
The trainer and manager of the WBC heavyweight ruler oversaw a massive knockout victory for ‘The Bronze Bomber’ against mandatory Bermane Stiverne on Saturday night and immediately turned his attention to Joshua.
Despite Tyson Fury bidding to jump the queue, Joshua v Wilder has long been the top encounter in the division and Deas sees no obstacles in the way of getting the fight done in 2018.
“Both Deontay and Anthony overcame changes of opponents and handled business, dispatching their mandatories, so now the only business to talk about is Wilder vs Joshua,” Deas exclusively told World Boxing News.
“These mandatories were a week apart from each other so the schedules line up perfectly for the match the World wants to see.
“My understanding is that Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn is in New York currently. This is ideal as our promoter Lou DiBella and my co-manager Shelly Finkel are also in New York and Al Haymon is only a call away.
“Our team is ready, willing and able to meet at Eddie’s earliest convenience.”
In the immediate aftermath of what was a stunning and explosive win for Wilder, the American challenged Joshua to meet him anywhere in the world and Deas has no problem with traveling to seal the deal.
”This is a fight the fans deserve,” he pointed out. “Deontay wants the fight more than anything.
“He’s been extremely frustrated that when he accepts the biggest challenges, like being the first American heavyweight Champion to defend his title in Russia (Povetkin) or take on the man they say no one wants to fight (Ortiz), these fights haven’t happened through no fault of Deontay’s.
“It doesn’t matter to me, and certainly doesn’t matter to Deontay, where the fight is held,” added Deas.
Since dates opened up for a possible bout in the coming, Hearn has been mentioning a WBA stipulated fight for March or April for Joshua before then facing Fury if he’s fit.
That’s a calculated risk that could backfire if Fury can’t shed the massive amount of weight he needs to, which makes Wilder a safer bet to give the fans what they want.
Wilder wants ‘one name, one face’ in the division, although knows Joshua has the ball in his court as a three-belt title holder and ultimately the decision will lie with the Londoner and his team in Deas’ bid to secure what will be a massive clash in the UK or Las Vegas.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay