Deontay Wilder's Trainer Blames Eddie Hearn For Lack Of Anthony Joshua Fight
Hands up who wants to see Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua decide who is the best heavyweight boxer in the world. Good everyone's got their hands raised. Well Wilder's trainer is blaming Eddie Hearn for the fight not happening soon.
Between them the undefeated pair of Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua own three of the four biggest heavyweight titles and the two former Olympians look certain to meet at some point in what will be a huge fight.
After both recently took on their mandatory challenger, or at least the one who didn't back out through injury or drug suspension, they are pretty much free to face each other next.
Joshua was supposed to face Pulev last time out but fought Carlos Takam instead. Image: PA Images.
However it looks increasingly like AJ won't be facing the Bronze Bomber and will instead step in the ring with New Zealand's Joseph Parker, the man who holds the fourth of those title belts.
Speaking to World Boxing News Wilder's trainer Jay Deas laid the blame for his man and the 2012 Olympic champion not going head to head at the door of Joshua's promoter, Eddie Hearn, saying:
"I'm glad it's finally public, open, and out there for the world to see who wants the fight and who doesn't.
"Eddie says 'We're here. We're waiting for you. Let's go...but first (we face Parker)'. Which in my mind translates to 'We want no part of Wilder right now even though the fans want and deserve it. We are the problem, not Wilder. We're the ones holding this up.'"
Joshua with promoter Hearn. Image: PA Images.
Wilder would be the biggest fight available to Joshua. Image: PA Images.
Deas went on to add that it's down to the boxer to change his promoters mind adding, "Fighters have a lot of power. Especially Joshua, who could tell Hearn to make the Wilder fight immediately, and it would happen. I hope he does this for all the fans."
Of course the advantage for Joshua fighting Parker first before Wilder is that he could have three of the four belts meaning the winner between him and the American would mean the winner being the first man to hold all four belts at once, that would truly be money.
Should AJ be facing Parker or Wilder next?