Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder: Eddie Hearn says deal ‘is not close’, American eyes Tyson Fury rematch

Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that a deal isn’t close for the Brit to fight Deontay Wilder next.

Following Wilder’s controversial draw with Tyson Fury on December 1, the Matchroom head stated he would look to resurrect negotiations for the undisputed title fight which they failed to finalise over the summer.

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Anthony Joshua just needs one remaining belt to become undisputed champion

Both Hearn and the American’s co-manager Shelly Finkel agreed to keep things quieter this time around after public talks through the media proved fruitless last time.

However, the 39-year-old has given an update to Sky in which he explained: “I have been speaking to Shelly Finkel and it will remain private.

“I am ready to make a deal but I can’t say that it’s close, because it isn’t.

“It all depends on if Wilder wants to be the undisputed champion. If he does, then we’ll get the fight made. If he’s not bothered, then he’ll swerve it.

“It is the only fight that we want. If we can’t get that fight, we’ll look at others.”

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While the undisputed fight has always been Wilder’s preference previously, he now believes he has unfinished business with Tyson Fury.

Anthony Joshua’s alternative options for his next fight – which is pencilled in for April 13 at Wembley – include the winner of Dillian Whyte vs Dereck Chisora II and unbeaten American Jarrell Miller.

If AJ does chose the latter option, then he may move off the Wembley date and instead attempt to make a splash stateside.

“The American debut is imminent,” continued Hearn.

“I’d like the American debut to be against Wilder but, if not, fighting in New York against a New Yorker with a big mouth would make a lot of sense.”

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