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Eddie Hearn’s dates for Anthony Joshua v Deontay Wilder a venue clue?

World Boxing News 18/03/2019
Anthony Joshua Deontay Wilder

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Promoter Eddie Hearn believes Deontay Wilder is the only factor in stopping a fight with Anthony Joshua taking place.

Speaking as Wilder is linked to rejecting a massive offer to join Joshua on DAZN, Hearn says he’s exhausted every avenue.

Wilder will confirm a May 18 clash with Dominic Breazeale tomorrow and Hearn is interested to hear which direction the American will turn.

“Well, I am not going to say much until I know for sure. I’ll have a lot to say on Tuesday,” Hearn told Sky Sports on the undisputed unification.

“I feel like we’ve done absolutely all we can. But again, I think less is more at this stage. Our job is to deliver the undisputed fight. It’s been frustrating and I think people are beginning to see the truth. But again, I’ll be quiet for now and let that truth unfold.”

Joshua himself has a June 1st US debut at Madison Square Garden to think about. Despite this, the Briton is still keen to see Wilder move closer to an encounter.

Hearn also revealed potential dates when a Joshua v Wilder clash could happen.

“I spoke with AJ on the days of those meetings (Wilder had will DAZN last week). He was just like ‘let me know’.

“He doesn’t want to bring himself into that line of thinking before June 1. This is heavyweight boxing.

“You’ve got Jarrell Miller down there in Miami. I am watching him in camp, he’s training like a man possessed because it’s his chance to become world heavyweight champion.

“So if you start thinking about Wilder in November or December, you could end up looking very, very silly. From AJ’s point of view, it’s Jarrell Miller,” he added.


VENUE

The final two months of the year would point to Joshua v Wilder taking place in the United States.

Staging the clash on UK soil would mean only the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales would be a viable venue.

Many times in the past, Hearn has attempted to make the fight happen at Wembley Stadium, meaning dates in the spring/summer of 2020 are more likely for the English National Stadium.

November or December this year could be a big clue and point to a possible super-fight in the boxing capital of the world, Las Vegas.

Both fighters are headlining their next bouts in New York, although this territory would feel more like giving Wilder home advantage.

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