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EDDIE HEARN’S ANTHONY JOSHUA VS. DEONTAY WILDER PLANS SUFFER SETBACK

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Eddie Hearn is not convinced a fight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder will take place towards the end of 2023.

Joshua returns to action on August 12 when he takes on Dillian Whyte in a rematch of their 2015 contest live on DAZN and DAZN PPV, and this fight looks to have affected the prospect of facing the former WBC world heavyweight champion in the near future.

It was looking likely that a potential Joshua vs. Wilder fight would take place in Saudi Arabia and while this is still the desired, Hearn revealed that it will all depend on how the former two-time world champion fares against his domestic rival.

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“Definitely, the finalisation of the Wilder fight is on hold until they [The Saudis] see what happen on August 12th and that’s the risk that we’re in,” Hearn told Boxing Social.

“It’s a big risk [facing Whyte], is it the right risk? We’ll find out, AJ wanted a real fight, he wasn’t motivated to take a lesser, smaller fight, but the Wilder fight will be dependent on victory at the O2 Arena on August 12th.”

Hearn then went onto name a potential month for when a Joshua vs. Wilder fight could take place, but while there were plans to stage an undisputed fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk on the same card, he believes that this may not come to fruition.

“I think it will be January, I’m not sure whether Fury-Usyk will get made,” Hearn concluded.

Oleksandr Usyk returns to action next month when he defends his three world heavyweight titles against Daniel Dubois, while Tyson Fury takes on Francis Ngannou in a crossover fight in October.

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Hearn then went onto name a potential month for when a Joshua vs. Wilder fight could take place, but while there were plans to stage an undisputed fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk on the same card, he believes that this may not come to fruition.

“I think it will be January, I’m not sure whether Fury-Usyk will get made,” Hearn concluded.

Oleksandr Usyk returns to action next month when he defends his three world heavyweight titles against Daniel Dubois, while Tyson Fury takes on Francis Ngannou in a crossover fight in October.

 

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