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Team Wilder: Joshua's team never wanted the fight

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Deontay Wilder's advisor explains how Eddie Hearn put up every roadblock possible to push off the unification.

Deontay Wilder v Luis Ortiz Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

With it all but confirmed that an undisputed heavyweight unification between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder won't be happening this year, Team Wilder has unleashed on Eddie Hearn and Joshua himself for blatantly fuckin' about.

After Wilder basically acquiesced to all of Joshua's demands and the WBA suspiciously came out of nowhere to announce that Joshua had 24 hours to come to terms with Alexander Povetkin, Eddie Hearn basically confirmed that's what they'd do and Wilder didn't take kindly to it.

Wilder's co-manager Shelly Finkel then explained to WBN how Eddie Hearn publicly said he wanted to make the fight but really came up with every way to block it from happening now.

“He sent us a bull*** offer thinking we’ll never take it...and we took it.

“Then they said, ‘what do we do now?’ Let’s send them a contract. Except, the contract doesn’t have when the fight will be or where it will be. But today I get a letter saying; ‘We’re not going to fight you next, but we’ll fight you the fight after that...and it will be April 13th at Wembley Stadium. So basically, he can tell me next year, but he can’t tell me a date for this year.”

Finkel additionally points out how they came up with the $50M that Joshua demanded only to be rebuffed by a demand for a fight in the UK, even if for less money. Wilder accepted that condition too, and a flat fee offer including no PPV upside. But even still that wasn't enough.

“I asked them on Sunday what date and what venue and they wouldn’t tell us, because they never wanted to do this fight.”

Finkel concludes by saying he knows Hearn won't publicly admit he doesn't want the fight to happen but he's blatantly telling the public a different story.

It's expected that Joshua will announce his next fight with Povetkin any day now.