Eddie Hearn comments on Joshua s Wilder contract points as clouds form over TV

Lawrence Lustig

Eddie Hearn has commented following WBN’s exclusive with Shelly Finkel over two points in the Anthony Joshua v Deontay Wilder contract. 

As WBN exclusively revealed when updating late this week, were standing on the verge of a massive agreement to square off this year, provided those clarifications Finkel spoke of were addressed.

On Friday, during a session of comments on social media, Hearn hinted those bones of contention were no longer an issue.

Stating ‘The Winkle had been satisfied’ – using his derogatory pet-name for Finkel – Wilder’s co-manager and advisor, Hearn suggested an agreement could now be close.


Giving his latest update to WBN on Thursday, Finkel had explained their roadblock situation cropped up as a result of a failure to respond on the part of Joshua’s representatives in the matter.

Finkel told World Boxing News: “We looked at the contract on Monday and raised two specific details in the paperwork that we needed clarification of.

“It’s frustrating as Eddie Hearn is stating in the media that we need to be quick and sign the contract, but how can we sign if they don’t respond to our email and clarify our concerns?

“If we are being rushed we really need to hear back from Barry in order to be able to complete things on our side,” he added.

Whilst an official deal with Wilder is closer than ever, many fans are questioning both sides desire to reach an amicable agreement – correctly or not.

Social media is awash with conflicting stories of both Wilder and Joshua attempting to avoid a deal being done in earnest.

WBN understands this is not the case as Finkel and his team hold out hope of making an official announcement by next week if Matchroom fully clarifies the queries regarding the paperwork.

Since Finkel revealed those points, fans began quizzing Hearn and soon came up with their conclusions that US television rights could be a stumbling block.

Hearn answered one tweet asking if DAZN, Wilder and Joshua would be working together with the term ‘they don’t care’ – leading to Showtime’s Stephen Espinoza raising his own questions on the matter.

Showtime have an exclusive deal in place to show Joshua fights, although the new DAZN deal involving Hearn and Matchroom has been rumored to be in the running for Stateside broadcast rights to the heavyweight unification.

Espinoza, responding directly to DAZN’s possible involvement and quoting Hearn, stated: “What network/platform involved in boxing ‘doesn’t care’ about getting the rights to Joshua-Wilder?” – Something seems to allude to a possible problem.

Further news is expected to surface over the weekend, although WBN don’t believe a Joshua v Wilder agreement can be completed anytime this week – if indeed it makes it over the line – due to time constraints.

Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay