According to promoter Eddie Hearn, Anthony Joshua versus Deontay Wilder can still be the ‘right’ fight, but that explosive showdown will not happen until at least 2022
AJ had been frustrated in his attempts to agree a deal with Wilder and any lingering hopes of a long-awaited fight appeared to be ended when the American’s WBC belt was ripped away by Tyson Fury last year.
The WBA, IBF and WBO title holder is currently holding talks about a two-fight contract with Fury, which will lead to an undisputed world heavyweight title clash between Britain’s rival champions.
But Hearn refused to rule out Joshua vs Wilder in the future, telling Sky Sports: “If it’s the right fight for AJ, not stylistically, but if it’s the right commercial fight.”
“Listen, Deontay Wilder knows he turned down the deal of a lifetime to fight Anthony Joshua, but he made his bed and respect to him.
He added “I want to see him back in the ring.
“All we’re focusing on is the Tyson Fury fight, and anything else happens in 2022, because those two fights will be our plan for 2021.”