After Tyson Fury’s bout, Eddie Hearn sets a date for Anthony Joshua to fight Deontay Wilder.
In 2022, Deontay Wilder could face Anthony Joshua in a rematch for the heavyweight title.
Anthony Joshua could finally face Deontay Wilder next year, according to Matchroom chief Eddie Hearn, after the Watford-born heavyweight has traded punches with Tyson Fury in a pair of highly-anticipated unification contests before the end of 2021. Wilder is looking to return to the top of the division after a twelve-month layoff following his first career loss to Tyson Fury in February of last year.
The ‘Gypsy King’ knocked out the American in the seventh round, ending a night to forget for the 35-year-old, who lost his WBC heavyweight title in the process.
Wilder has spent the last year giving a number of excuses for his loss, ranging from the weight of his pre-fight costume weighing him down to ingesting a glass of water spiked with muscle relaxant by his own trainer.
He appears to be finally focusing on a return to action in order to earn a chance to reclaim his title.
He mentioned fighting either Joshua or Andy Ruiz Jr earlier this month, claiming that he wants to clean the division by facing and defeating those who have yet to challenge him.
When Marcus Watson asked if he was interested in fighting the duo, he said, “Yeah.” I want to fight any top-ranked fighter who hasn’t seen me fight before and who has a tremendous desire to see me fight.
“The simple part is to sit here and name names all day. I’m just going to the very top.
“If it’s someone I haven’t fought before, I want to fight them.”
In response to Wilder’s accusations, Hearn has suggested that a showdown between the “Bronze Bomber” and Joshua in 2022 might be on the cards.
The powerful promoter emphasized the American’s previous choice to turn down a lucrative opportunity to fight Joshua in the United Kingdom, implying that the Alabama native’s current dilemma may have prompted a change of heart.
Hearn told Sky Sports, “If it’s the right fight for AJ, not stylistically, but if it’s the right commercial fight.”
“Listen, Deontay Wilder is well aware that he passed up a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fight Anthony Joshua. He did, however, make his own.”Brinkwire Summary News.”