The Matchroom boxing chief admit there are still ‘hurdles’, but the signs have been encouraging
A monumental unification title fight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder is tantalisingly close with ‘a clear desire from both sides to make the fight’, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.
Ever since beating Wladimir Klitschko in 2017, a fight between the two unbeaten heavyweights to determine who the best in the world is has been mooted.
But, despite reportedly being close on multiple occasions, the two have never set foot in the ring with one another.
After drawing with Tyson Fury in December, Wilder seemed set to put his WBC title back on the line and challenge the ‘Gypsy King’ once again.
But, in yet another setback, the deal was scuppered and it seemed as though fans would be treated to a series of rather tame alternatives.
“It’s very encouraging,” Hearn said. “I’m not going to say too much on it, because I don’t want to jinx anything. But I think there’s an opportunity there for someone to be a mediator to get the fight done.
“Clearly, the relationship between Team Wilder and Team Joshua is not the best. I think this is a route that is going to be very beneficial to the making of that undisputed fight.
“It’s not just about doing a deal with Wilder, it’s about doing a deal with Joshua.
“They’ve got their work cut out, but the pieces are coming together. There’s a long way to go but we’ll see where it goes.
“Now I think there’s a strategy in place that could lead us to this fight. There’s a clear desire from both sides to make the fight (happen).”
Should Wilder and Joshua dispatch of their respective challengers; the clamour for a unification fight will surely reach unprecedented levels.
While contract details will have to be ironed out, Hearn is confident fans will get the chance to see the two best in the world FINALLY square off.
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“It’s the biggest fight in world boxing by a long, long way,” Hearn added. “AJ has business to take care of first against Miller. Part of my job is to make sure he stays focused on that task.
“It’s all well and good making an undisputed fight but if you lose to Miller, it’s all up in the air.
“Wilder’s going to fight Breazeale, that’s his mandatory. Joshua fights Miller. If an undisputed fight gets made it will be November or December 2019. But still a couple of hurdles.”