Eddie Hearn gave some explanation as to why Anthony Joshua won’t put pen to paper on an immediate clash with Deontay Wilder recently, when the Matchroom promoter appeared on Spencer Fearon’s podcast.
The video, uploaded by Behind The Gloves to YouTube, shows Hearn addressing Wilder directly and stating once Joseph Parker is out of the way, he’s next.
Wilder’s trainer Jay Deas, speaking exclusively to World Boxing News, believes Hearn is sending mixed messages about Joshua’s real desire to face the American.
“I’m glad it’s finally public, open and out there for the world to see who wants the fight and who doesn’t,” Deas told World Boxing News.
“Eddie says, ‘We’re here. We’re waiting for you. Let’s go…but first…(we face Parker)’. Which in my minds translates to: ‘We want no part of Wilder right now even though the fans want and deserve it. We are the problem, not Wilder. We’re the ones holding this up!’
“Fighters have a lot of power. Especially Joshua, who could tell Hearn to – make the Wilder fight immediately – and it would happen. I hope he does this for all the fans.
“As for Deontay, he’s ready now! The holder of the most prestigious belt (WBC) in all of boxing is ready, willing and able to lay it on the line immediately.
“Why isn’t the other side,” he asked.
It seems a clash with Parker is close to finalization, potentially even this weekend, leaving Wilder staring at another meaningless defense in his pursuit to unify.
Compatriot Dominic Breazeale, who has some previous beef with Wilder, could now come to the fore, although Joshua remains the number one target as and when the Briton accepts the challenge.
‘The Bronze Bomber’ proved just how dangerous he could be when blasting out Bermane Stiverne in just one round on November 4, and like Joshua has knocked out every single opponent he’s ever faced.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay