Boxing promoter Barry Hearn, founder of Matchroom Sport, has been speaking to TalkSPORT about the recent stories surrounding Anthony Joshua’s next fight. After the incredible clash between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury which ended in a ‘draw’, both boxers claimed they were the two best heavyweights in the world and Fury branded AJ a chicken.
Now, Hearn has come out and defended his corner, with other stories coming out that AJ turned down £50 mil to take on Wilder in the US, leaving Fury to step in to take his place.
Hearn has said: “I’ve been hearing a lot of things that simply aren’t true.
“AJ’s first choice is Wilder because when you’re collecting belts, which he is, he wants to be the unified champ.
“He’d love to fight Fury as well, but for now I think Wilder is the one he wants.
“There’s three or four options at the minute for us.
“Sooner or later fight fans are going to get everything they want, but we won’t be doing any silly deals – that’s for sure.”
So Hearn is key to play things coy and could not confirm who AJ’s next fight would be against, with his next title defence likely to be in April. However, Wilder is also reportedly keen to take on AJ, after escaping with his WBC belt intact in incredibly controversial circumstances against Fury.
It is thought that Wilder would rather chance his luck against AJ than face the tricky Fury again and risk losing the big money bout against AJ further down the line.