Eddie Hearn on Joshua v Parker rematch clause, Deontay Wilder and the ‘Road to Undisputed’

Joshua v Parker 28/03/2018

Lawrence Lustig

Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn says the lure of becoming the undisputed king of the heavyweight division is the driving force behind Anthony Joshua looking to win all the world titles in the future.

As many fans pine to see Joshua face WBC champion Deontay Wilder if victorious against Joseph Parker, Hearn was quick to point out that the title was the most important thing to his star-fighter.

Joshua remains solely fixed on defeating Joseph Parker this weekend and Hearn refuses to discuss a fight with Deontay Wilder until the ink is dry on an official agreement.

“We never have to worry about Anthony’s focus. He’s probably the most focused and driven individual you can meet. He knows the challenges and risks in front of him against Joseph Parker,” said Hearn.

“One thing about Anthony is that he’s not real big on hype. We’re not really into storming the ring after fighting.

“When we got Klitschko in the ring after the fight, we signed a contract a few hours before that was in existence if Anthony won against [Eric] Molina that night. Until that fight is signed, Anthony won’t really get excited about that fight. He’s not really interested in talking about it or hyping it.

“It’s the biggest fight in world boxing. It’s a fight that’s completely irrelevant if he’s not victorious next Saturday. I don’t think that it’s Deontay Wilder, it’s the other stone that needs to be turned to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

“This is Anthony’s 21st fight and effectively his second unification fight. Deontay has had 40 fights. We’re well ahead of schedule. All of these fights will happen and the reality is the one that put pens to paper and that are actually happening.”

On a possible rematch clause with Parker, which WBN was informed by Duco Events is in place, Hearn added: “The details of the contract are always confidential. When there’s a great fight and the appetite to see it again, generally you’ll get it.”

Concluding and outlining just how important the Parker fight is to Joshua, Hearn pointed out the significance of the spectacle that lies in front of those who tune in.

“It’s a huge event. This is our sixth fight with Anthony Joshua and SHOWTIME. It’s incredible, really that we’ve had that amount of fights.

“It seems like the Charles Martin fight was just like yesterday. It’s incredible that in 11 months, Anthony Joshua has had three stadium fights. Of course, Wladimir Klitschko, Carlos Takam and now Joseph Parker.

“There have been 240,000 fans and over 2.5 million UK pay-per-view buys. It’s been an incredible run and an incredible 11 months. And a great March of course for SHOWTIME with a brilliant fight between Wilder and Ortiz and I think this fight has all of the ingredients to be even better than that.

“It’s a great fight. Two undefeated young heavyweights. Fearless, fast, big punching, great footwork, 24-0 against 20-0. I think it’s the kind of fight that we need in the world of boxing and it’s the first-ever unification fight in Britain between two reigning heavyweight world champions. The first time in the history of the sport that two heavyweights have fought a unification fight with perfect records.

“It’s going to be huge. Seventy-eight thousand people crammed in to Millennium Stadium for this huge unification fight.

“This is just the beginning for Anthony Joshua. Just another stepping stone to becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and we can’t wait.

“It’s a great fight and we thank SHOWTIME for all their support as ever,” he added.