By Mark Elezaj
*FRESH OFF OF THE RUMOR MILL*
Eddie Hearn has stated that Deontay Wilder will be offered not one, but a two fight deal to face Anthony Joshua, with a potential wildcard fight also in the works. The first fight would take place on April 13th at Wembley Stadium in London. The second fight, if Wilder is victorious, would take place in the United States.
Wilder will have to take care of business first next Saturday by defeating Tyson Fury at Staples Center in Los Angeles. However if Fury wins, there is an immediate rematch clause and that will delay the fight with Joshua until the fall of 2019. But if Wilder does win, a deal could be signed, sealed and delivered within a few weeks.
“If Fury wins and the rematch clause kicks in, we know we’ve got to move on ourselves, but my instruction is ‘Make that fight.’ They haven’t really wanted to speak to me before it. Now when the fight’s over, if Wilder wins, we’ll be on him on Sunday, saying any chance now? Can we meet now? If they say no again, I don’t know what else we can do,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
“If they are true to their word, on December 2, if they beat Tyson Fury, we will immediately start negotiations, and we’ll see where we get to. April 13 is easy, and it’s a two-fight deal this time, the offer that we’ve made. One in America, one in the UK, we cannot say fairer than that.
“We’ve got to do our best to try and make it happen, and we’ll be doing that straight after the fight. We’ve been trying to do it for the last two months, but no, wait, wait, wait. We’ll wait, and then we’ll have a go on December 2, and we’ve probably got three weeks to make the fight. It’s enough time, if everyone is sensible, but who knows whether they really want it deep down.”
Shelly Finkel has stated that he is more than willing to resume any and all negotiations.
“I have never rejected a call from Barry or Eddie,” said Finkel. “My phone is always open to them.”
Hearn has also discussed the possibility of Wladimir Klitschko return to avenge his knockout loss to Joshua. Klitschko has not yet stated if that’s an option for him or not, so we can only wait and see.
2019 is shaping up to be very interesting. I can’t wait to see what the new year has in store for us.
~The Fighting Voice~