Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder have had negotiations for a long-overdue (and past its peak) heavyweight clash, but no deal has yet come.
The most recent update from Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn is that the fight won’t be done for January, which was a recent hope.
“Myself and Shelly [Finkel, Wilder’s adviser] continue to talk, but we look at Vegas and we look at some people making offers, some people wasting time out in the Middle East, but we have to explore those options. So all I can tell you is January is definitely not happening.”
Tyson Fury, who faces Francis Ngannou in a kinda-exhibition on Saturday and has an undisputed clash lined up with Oleksandr Usyk for December (hopefully), declined to answer a question of whether Joshua can beat Wilder.
Fury has, of course, faced Wilder three times, going 2-0-1 — and the “1” was controversial — and has had plenty of PR-driven alleged negotiations to fight Joshua.
“They’re both out in the cold and they’re both frozen, so it don’t really matter,” he told Sky Sports.
Wilder’s trainer Malik Scott recently said he believes Joshua just does not want to fight Deontay.
“To me, AJ doesn’t campaign about the fight enough. He doesn’t really want it and we all know why. Because stylistically he’s picture perfect to be knocked the fuck out by Deontay,” he said.
Hearn, meanwhile, shot back that it’s Wilder who seems like he doesn’t want to fight.
“I don’t care about Deontay Wilder. He’s in his own problems,” Hearn said. “The guy ain’t fought for a year and his last fight was about 40 seconds. So he’s a guy that he don’t really want to fight, I don’t think. Joshua’s boxed twice in seven months and he may fight in December or January.”