Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn is still pushing for an April 13 fight between WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and WBC champion Deontay Wilder, saying he doesn’t think that the WBC’s recent ruling on a Wilder-Tyson Fury rematch changes any plans he might have.
“I think the wording was everything in that one, sanctioned not ordered. I think what they’re saying is they would approve the rematch. ... I don’t think it really changes much. If Wilder wants to fight Fury, he’ll fight Fury. If he wants to be undisputed, he’ll fight Joshua. It can trump anything. I don’t know how much that means to Wilder. It means everything to us, means everything to Joshua, but the rematch is a big fight.”
Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KO) and Fury (27-0-1, 19 KO) have big money awaiting them for a rematch, and frankly since their fight happened on Dec. 1, the Wilder side hasn’t seemed particularly interested in even addressing a fight with Joshua (22-0, 21 KO), with Shelly Finkel saying he feels the Fury rematch is a stronger fight, and Wilder saying he wants to strike while the iron is hot and settle the score.
Things can change fast in boxing, and you never know how rematch negotiations would go between Wilder and Fury, but if I were a betting man, I’d currently say we’ll be seeing Wilder-Fury II at some point, and Anthony Joshua against the winner of the Dec. 22 fight between Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora on April 13 at Wembley Stadium.