The Wilder fight might have to wait.
It's the news fans, pundits, analysts and journalists alike were all dreading. All the posturing between Team Joshua and Team Wilder has gone on for too long.
The World Boxing Association has ordered Joshua as it's champion to sign for a mandatory defence of it's title against mandatory challenger, Alexander Povetkin "within 24 hours".
The governing body has grown impatient with the length of negotiations between Anthony Joshua and WBC champion, Deontay Wilder to put together a bout for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world. I can't exactly say I blame them after all these negotiations have been protracted to say the very least. Commencing on April 10th with Hearn's initial offer to the American's team, here we are a full eleven weeks later and still no deal.
This has left the governing body with no choice, but to fulfil his title obligations and fight Povetkin. WBA president, Gilberto Mendoza has been incredibly patient with Hearn, granting him an extra month to try and get a deal with Wilder over the line. But that patience appears to have run out.
"Today the WBA requested an answer from Anthony Joshua's team regarding his fight with mandatory challenger, Alexander Povetkin. The WBA have allowed over a month extension on negotiations with Povetkin and also ongoing discussions with Deontay Wilder. It appears Wilder's team have not returned the contract for the fight and therefore we are requesting a date for the Joshua versus Povetkin fight with immediate effect".