‘Fight­ing Wilder is Joshua’s Top Pri­or­ity’

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Pro­moter Ed­die Hearn said that An­thony Joshua’s top pri­or­ity re­mains an undis­puted heavy­weight fight against Deon­tay Wilder at Wem­b­ley on April 13.

The Bri­tish star has re­it­er­ated his de­sire to face Wilder in his next sched­uled fight at the na­tional sta­dium af­ter the Amer­i­can re­tained his WBC belt in a split de­ci­sion draw with Tyson Fury at the week­end.

Wilder’s co-man­ager Shelly Finkel wants to re­sume ne­go­ti­a­tions for the Joshua fight pro­vided that terms re­main pri­vate and Match­room Box­ing boss Hearn is de­ter­mined to agree on a block­buster bout with all the world ti­tles at stake.

“I won’t talk about the ne­go­ti­a­tions we’re hav­ing at the mo­ment, be­cause I did that last time and it bit me in the bot­tom,” Hearn told Sky Sports News.

“I’m go­ing to stay quiet, keep this mush peeled and shut, and try and make the undis­puted heavy­weight fight. That’s the pri­or­ity, it’s al­ways been the pri­or­ity, al­ways been the plan.”

Joshua has also wel­comed a Bri­tish bat­tle with Fury, who climbed off the canvas twice dur­ing the Wilder fight, only to be de­nied vic­tory by the judges’ score­cards in Los An­ge­les.

But Hearn be­lieves the Joshua-Wilder fight must hap­pen next in­stead of an im­me­di­ate re­match for Fury.

“Josh still likes the Tyson Fury fight. I’ve spo­ken to him nu­mer­ous times,” said Hearn.

“Josh is in camp now in Amer­ica, and he would love to fight Fury, he would.

“I’ve spo­ken to Fury yesterday, just said well done. I take my hat off to him. I was wrong. He proved me wrong against (Wladimir) Kl­itschko, he proved me wrong against Deon­tay Wilder. I think what he’s done is re­mark­able.

“I still be­lieve An­thony Joshua is hands down the best heavy­weight in the world. I be­lieve he knocks out Deon­tay Wilder and Tyson Fury, but maybe I’ll be wrong again, but it’s a bril­liant time for the heavy­weight game.

“There is a re­match that could hap­pen be­tween Wilder and Fury. But if Wilder re­ally wants to be the undis­puted heavy­weight cham­pion of the world, he must fight Joshua next, other­wise, we may just all miss the boat on that one. But any­thing can hap­pen.”

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