Eddie Hearn craves a Joshua-Wilder Standoff
Eddie Hearn, the most famous promoter in the boxing realm now wants to have Anthony Joshua fight against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder on DAZN in October or November in Wales. Hearn is also a promoter of Anthony Joshua. The reason why Hearn wants to see this epic battle remains a mystery.
If we go by the numbers, this will be the third Joshua fight going to happen in Cardiff. The last two scuffles were regarded as unfair and went controversial due to peculiar decisions taken by the referees. It is alleged that these decisions favored Anthony Joshua. If we go a little back, the last fight of Joshua against former WBO heavy weight champion Joseph Parker got controversial when the referee disallowed inside fighting. And in the first fight that Joshua contested against Carlos Takam, the referee had stopped the fight altogether. With all this in view, it feels a little hard to believe that Wilder would say yes to the fight.
But Hearn has a substitute in his mind. Hearn believes that in case Wilder express dissent and does not want to go for the fight, then he will arrange a fight between oshua and WBA mandatory Alexander Povetkin.
Hearn said, “If they’re going to mess around on us, then we’ll fight Povetkin in September, because we have to fight him at some time”.
After what happened in the last two fights, it is righteous of Wilder to deny the fight. Hearn must open his eyes to this reality. The only way to get Wilder to sign this contract would be to add more sugar to it. If Hearn makes an offer that just cannot be refused, Wilder would agree to jump in the ring with Joshua.
Critics opine that DAZN platform is not suitable for this fight. They believe that someone else should experiment on this than Hearn himself. It is being predicted that Joshua is more likely to face Alexander Povetkin than Wilder mainly because DAZN is just not suitable. Joshua had already refused Wilder for the first fight and it is probable that he would do the same for the second fight in the US.