We’ve all been patiently waiting for the Joshua-Wilder fight. However, according to the latest statement from Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, that fight is further than it seems. Boxing fans had already had their say as well. Joshua asked his fans on social media who they’d prefer to see him fight – Wilder or Fury. 258,380 fans voted to see Joshua sharing the ring with Wilder. The American’s team hasn’t been too responsive lately, even though Hearn improved his offer. So, will the Joshua-Wilder bout happen anytime soon?
The negotiations for the clash between Joshua and Wilder began in April this year. At that time, the news reported Hearn offered Wilder a £8.8 million fee for the Joshua fight. The WBC title holder refused the offer, which Joshua’s team later improved. However, there have also been disagreements about the venue. Joshua wanted to fight on UK soil, whereas Wilder wanted the American soil for the bout.
We finally got a date for what we believe will be one of the biggest fights of the year. Joshua’s promoter, Hearn reserved Wembley for April 13th, 2019 in hopes of getting the Wilder fight. The American boxer didn’t seem to be all that interested in facing Joshua. Fury was a much more attractive target for Wilder, and the two boxers will meet in December.
Meanwhile, Joshua had to face a mandatory challenger, Alexander Povetkin. On September 22nd, the Briton knocked Povetkin out in the seventh round. According to the latest news from the boxing world, the Wilder fight might be out of the picture, and the UK betting apps’ favourite could fight Whyte or Miller next.
Eddie Hearn said that Wilder’s team didn’t want to meet with him. “We went back and made a much-improved offer from the first one – this one with a percentage split – a very attractive offer and then requested a meeting, but they turned around and said ‘no, we won’t meet you,” Hearn told reporters.
Hearn also believes that December 1st, when Wilder meets Fury, will be the deciding date for the Joshua-Wilder fight. We’ll see if the two sides will come to an agreement then.