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AJ Wont Wait For Wilder - Povetkin Deal Close

Barry Hearn is in New York trying to seal the deal - AJ wants Wilder next.

By Aaron Cooper   - @intuboxingfm

Five weeks. It has been five long weeks since WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder's team shocked the world by offering WBA Super, IBF, WBO, & IBO heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, a mammoth $50 million dollars to fight in the USA.

Everything seemed ready to fall into place. The T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada in November seemed likely and boxing looked like it might well see its first Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World for the first time since Lennox Lewis in the early 2000s.

But we have seen this fight unravel before our very eyes ever since. Joshua publicly backed away from a fight in the States, saying that he 'owed it to his fans' to have the fight in the UK.

“I owe it to everyone in Great Britain that has been supporting me to do my best to get this fight in the UK, in my opinion, that's number one.

"He [Wilder] has kind of said, 'alright, cool, come fight me in America'. But the thing is with that, I owe it to the fans and everyone supporting me to do it here,” Joshua told a Lyons Den Q&A.

Back to square one, it seems...

IntuBoxing has learned that Joshua and promoter Matchroom's Eddie Hearn will not wait forever for this deal to be done. Rather expectedly, Hearn has been working behind the scenes with the team of Joshua's WBA mandatory, Alexander Povetkin, should a deal with the WBC champion not materialise.

That fight will be NEXT if Wilder's team refuse to accept Hearn's latest improved offer. Eddie's father and the creator of Matchroom, Barry Hearn, is currently stateside trying to finalise a deal with Wilder's manager, Shelly Finkel. 

"Wilder has had the latest offer from us for the last two weeks, which was our improved offer and we are still talking to them and in fact, my dad is out in New York at the moment, and he might meet Shelly today.

"They have our offer so they have to accept it or move on. It's not a case of ‘if you don't accept this offer the fight is dead’, we will just fight Povetkin and carry on our negotiations to the next one,” said Hearn.

The ball is very much in your court now, Mr Wilder.