Eddie Hearn has clarified what WBN was told this week by Deontay Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel, that no movement has been forthcoming on a deal between Anthony Joshua and the WBC champion.
Despite Joshua telling media at the DAZN announcement on Tuesday that, ‘issues in the contract were no longer on the table’ WBN was told almost immediately that no contact had been made between both sides since the fight fell apart last month.
That means Wilder still has the original contract which he’s already described as unsignable due to a one-sided rematch clause inserted inside.
The not-so-small matter of TV also needs to be discussed thoroughly before any pens can be put to paper – because as things stand, Wilder’s side have no idea how the TV situation with DAZN plays out in this deal.
Until those points are agreed upon by Joshua and Wilder’s representatives through actual talks, Hearn is fully correct in his latest admission.
“We haven’t made any progress. They still have the contract. They can sign the contract and it’s done for April 13. But we will be in control of our destiny. I don’t know what he’s doing.” Hearn told Sky Sports.
“Once again, Joshua is stepping up to the plate. The Ring magazine, which have independent rankings, have Joshua No 1, Wilder No 2, Povetkin No 3. Previously Joseph Parker was No 3. After 22 fights (Anthony Joshua) is mixing with the very best.”
Since the DAZN exchange between Joshua and outspoken American Jarrell Miller, Hearn has now been able to add ‘Big Baby’ to Dillian Whyte in his discussions on who ‘AJ’ could fight in the future.
“Make no mistake Povetkin is a dangerous fight, particularly when people are talking about Wilder and now Jarrell Miller. Joshua has got to stay focused. He is on it. As you saw, he’s ready to go,” he added.
A positive Joshua fully believes the fight will happen, although could be somewhat in the dark as to where negotiations lie judging by his most recent comments on the matter.
“I’m ready, I’m focused, I’m confident that I’ll get there, and I’m confident that I’ll win once I do get there. So let’s talk about it until the cows come home because that fight is definitely going to happen,” Joshua said on the presently stalled conversations.
Finkel is awaiting those new terms Joshua spoke about in New York before informing WBN of Wilder’s next move on the undisputed unification.
A lot would have to be altered so that ink Joshua referenced earlier can dry in earnest as Wilder wants a fair shake in the rematch stakes and the fight on his terms if he’s able to defeat the heavyweight king in the UK.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay