Eddie Hearn predicts Joshua v Wilder in 2018: ‘Both very hard punchers with vulnerability’

Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn foresees fans being handed the biggest fight in world boxing this year once Anthony Joshua deals with Joseph Parker on March 31.

On the back of Deontay Wilder scoring a career-best victory over Luis Ortiz last week, a clash between the pair has been on everybody’s lips for 2018.

Despite being accused of stalling the fight by Wilder’s representative Shelly Finkel, Hearn says ‘AJ’ is fully on board with an explosive meeting and will ultimately make the final decision.

“It’s the biggest fight in world boxing,” Hearn told BBC Radio 5 Live

“He has the biggest test of his career against Parker but if he wins it Anthony wants to fight Wilder. He thinks he can beat him and Wilder is beatable, but Wilder is also very dangerous.

“Both Wilder and Joshua are electric to watch, both punch very hard and both have shown signs of vulnerability.

“You have to give the fans what they want, otherwise over time they lose interest.

“I think it will happen in 2018. I don’t think there is any holding AJ back,” he added.

Talk of staging the massive undisputed heavyweight title bout in Las Vegas this December before a summer rematch at Wembley Stadium is already doing the rounds, with both fighters standing to make an eight-figure sum from the pair of encounters.

Joshua v Wilder is a straight shootout fight and purely a case of who lands their biggest punches with the most ferocity and frequency, although one man still can have a big say in whether it actually happens.

That man is New Zealander Parker, who is fully confident of ripping away Joshua’s belts when the pair collide in Cardiff later this month.