Deontay Wilder win ‘fuels’ demand for Anthony Joshua showdown …


Deontay Wilder’s explosive win has set the scene for lucrative fights with Anthony Joshua, Dillian Whyte and Tyson Fury, but negotiations stay complex, warned Matchroom Sport chairman Barry Hearn.

Wilder landed a huge right hand to cease Dominic Breazeale inside 1 round – his 20th first-round KO – in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Sunday to retain his WBC heavyweight crown.

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The American promised a unification showdown with Joshua, who will make his US debut against Andy Ruiz Jr in New York on June 1, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Asked for his verdict of Wilder’s overall performance, Hearn told Sky Sports News: “Super impressed. Excellent punch.

“I will not take something away from Deontay since that punch would have knocked out anyone, which includes Anthony Joshua.

“It was a hell of a superb shot however it is often a lot much easier when the other bloke is standing in front of you with his left arm down and his chin showing as much as the moon. It was an awesome finish.

“It just fuels the entire heavyweight division. We are all speaking about Tyson Fury, Dillian Whyte, Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder and absolutely everyone is finding impatient to place them all collectively.”

The clamour for an undisputed title fight among Britain’s unified champion Joshua and Wilder continues to grow but Hearn has urged patience.

“It is time, obviously it is time as far because the fans are concerned. But let’s just put us inside the image from the boxers,” he mentioned.

“A year ago Deontay Wilder against Anthony Joshua was likely a $50m fight. A single year later [and] it really is now about a $100-150m fight. It really is going up $50m every three or four months.

“You can not blame the fighters for wanting to pick the time once they put their records on the line. That is for certain.

“The fans, like us, choose to see it now, specially at my age! I need to see it now just in case I am not here when it comes about. But there are some fabulous fights to create.

“There are a lot of challenges with it and I don’t believe it will be effortless.”

Ruiz Jr stepped in to replace Jarrell Miller after the latter’s failed drug test plus the California-based Mexican, who has 21 KOs from his 32 victories, might be a stern examination for Joshua, based on Hearn.

“I assume this can be a tougher fight than Jarrell Miller,” he stated. “I watched him lose a split decision to [Joseph] Parker, who went the distance with AJ, in New Zealand.

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“He was under no circumstances going to win since the judges certainly favoured the regional fighter. That’s his only loss and he’s a Mexican and Mexicans are proud people.


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