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Hearn: Joshua-Wilder is the most exciting fight you can make in boxing

Eddie Hearn talks about his plans for Anthony JOshua now that’s he’s taken care of Alexander Povetkin.

Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

During the post-fight presser for Joshua-Povetkin, Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn talks about his intentions of making an undisputed heavyweight title unification with Deontay Wilder.

Hearn on making a Wilder-Joshua fight:

“I do believe that we’re only scratching the surface of how big Wilder-Joshua could be. But we also live in an age where fans want everything now. And we also live in the heavyweight division, where someone could lose — not this man [Joshua] — but someone else could lose. So we want that fight now. He wants to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

“...obviously if [Wilder loses to Fury], we’re not fighting Wilder. But what we’re saying is we map out our future, there’s never been any disruption to the career of Anthony Joshua. Everything has been absolute solid step by step. We’re not waiting for time wasters, what we’re saying is we’ll negotiate the fight now, if you lose [against Fury] we understand that we’ll have to find another opponent.

“But if you win we’re not waiting until December — these aren’t negotiations that are gonna take 24 hours. So I’m not having the career of Anthony Joshua slow down by people slow-playing a deal. If they want the deal, and we’ve opened talks now with Shelly Finkle as well, we can make it happen for April. You go and have your fight, you go and win, but subject to you winning we’ll have someone else in place in April as well. But we’re not gonna waste our time, we’re gonna progress the career, but note the resume of the people he’s fighting while we’re supposedly ‘waiting’. He’s not just boxing off easy competition, he’s fighting the very best in the world.

“#2 wasn’t available, we couldn’t make that deal, he boxed #3. And guess what, when he boxed Joseph Parker he was #3 in the Ring Magazine. So what more has he got to do?”

On if he wants to see Wilder beat Fury in their announced fight:

“Yes, because, I don’t want to be disrespectful, but Tyson Fury is the most unentertaining fighter I’ve ever seen. He’s never been in a good fight his whole career, apart from Cunningham where he got knocked down. Deontay Wilder against Joshua is the biggest fight in world boxing and stylistically is the most exciting match-up you could possibly make in boxing.”

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