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Wait One Year Before Facing Wilder, Promoter Tells Anthony Joshua

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Barry Hearn, a veteran promoter, has urged Anthony Joshua to consider waiting 12 months before fighting Deontay Wilder in a world heavyweight title unification fight.

Matchroom chairman Hearn has put his son Eddie in charge of guiding Joshua’s career, but he still takes a view of what would be the smartest next step.

Last month, Wilder, who holds the WBC version of the title, made the unusual move of emailing Joshua directly to insist his backers had the money – worth £35.9million – for a bout which could take place later this year.

However, Hearn junior has disclosed that he needed reassurance before committing to the deal.

I have a meeting with Anthony Joshua on Tuesday with Eddie, before Eddie goes off to New York.

The decision is numbers – it’s a numbers game and it’s nothing to do with boxing. It’s purely to do with ‘that’s what you get if you fight Alexander Povetkin, that’s what you get if you fight Jarrell Miller, that’s what you get if you fight Deontay Wilder in England, that’s what you get if you fight Deontay Wilder in America. And I don’t fight, so it’s your call because you’re the guv’nor, you’re running heavyweight boxing.”

“The Deontay Wilder fight, if I was Anthony Joshua, I’d be leaving that for a little while.

“Not because I’m worried about Deontay Wilder but at this moment in time maybe I’m looking at 500,000 to 600,000 pay-per-view buyers. In a year, done properly I might be looking at two million, two and a half million pay-per-view buyers.” he disclosed.

Joshua who said that he was ready to fight with the American Champion still have deal to close.

“I said to Anthony: ‘If you had six months to live I would say go and fight Deontay Wilder, take the most money, but if you’re saying to me that you’ve got a legacy plan then I’m saying let’s capitalise on it properly.’

“That’s his decision and his team’s, because I don’t do the boxing. But it’s a credible way of doing business. If you start letting the fans be the matchmaker you’ll end up being skint.

“When you talk about Anthony Joshua, I believe he’s planning another eight years at the top.

“So if he is, and he takes that view, the only thing that can derail him is getting beaten. That fear of getting beaten is what pushes him in the gym every day.

“The reason our meeting is starting at two o’clock tomorrow is so that he can fit a gym session in in the morning. While he’s got that attitude I don’t have a worry about anyone beating Anthony Joshua.

“I just have the worry over whether I’m getting the maximum amount of money for my client, because that’s my job. His job is knocking people out.” he said.

Joshua Oyenigbehin is an introvert who is passionate about Storytelling, writing and teaching. He sees his imagination as an unsearchable world, more magical than a fairyland. He has written a novel and working on another.

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