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Barry Hearn: ‘Clock is ticking’ on Joshua-Wilder talks

Barry Hearn says talks continue between the two heavyweight camps.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Barry Hearn spoke with Sky Sports and gave an update on the negotiations between WBA, WBO, and IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and WBC champion Deontay Wilder, saying that the “clock is ticking” on the talks.

The veteran promoter says that discussion is ongoing, but won’t say that any deal is close:

“If Wilder wants to come to the UK, I’ll deposit his entire purse in advance to any bank he wants, and it takes me about five minutes. I expect the same honesty on the other side, and maybe, hopefully, that is available.

”But there are lots of small details, which at the last minute, each one of them could be a deal breaker. We’re not going to tell you we’re close, I’m saying we’re on the way, but the clock is ticking and we have to move.”

There’s a good chance, it seems, that Joshua (21-0, 20 KO) won’t face Wilder (40-0, 39 KO) just yet, but could instead take on veteran Alexander Povetkin (34-1, 24 KO), the mandatory challenger for the WBA title. That’s not a bad fight by any means — in fact, Povetkin is probably the No. 3 fighter in the division at the moment — but the demand is already there for Joshua-Wilder. It’s simply the fight everyone wants to see, and they want to see it now.

So there’s your Joshua-Wilder update. Sounds like nothing any closer than before.

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