Eddie Hearn exclusive: ‘Anthony Joshua is DESPERATE to fight Deontay Wilder at Wembley next year’

Eddie Hearn has exclusively told talkSPORT Anthony Joshua is ‘desperate’ to fight Deontay Wilder.

The American currently holds the coveted WBC heavyweight belt – the only major honour missing from Joshua’s resume.

Joshua’s road to undisputed champion looks set to pit him against Deontay Wilder

Joshua’s road to undisputed champion looks set to pit him against Deontay Wilder

The British brawler extended his unbeaten record to 22-0 with a hard-fought victory over Alexander Povetkin at Wembley on Saturday evening, a match heard by millions live on talkSPORT.

With a return fight already booked for April 13 at the famous football stadium, Joshua is already seeking another challenger to his WBO, WBA and IBF titles.

And Matchroom supremo Hearn told Dom McGuinness he wants his man to challenge the American Wilder for the chance to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

When asked if he thought it would be Wider next, Hearn said: “I do think it will, I think it will.

Joshua stopped Povetkin in the seventh round at Wembley

Joshua stopped Povetkin in the seventh round at Wembley

The 28-year-old poses with his array of belts

The 28-year-old poses with his array of belts

“Because there will be so much pressure from the world, from the fans, from the broadcasters.

“Trust me when I say, you know Anthony well enough – do you think he doesn’t want to fight Deontay Wilder?

“He is desperate to fight Deontay Wilder.

“The deal has got to be right; they’ve got to accept it and maybe everything is going to work out a blessing.

“Maybe Wilder does fight Fury, maybe Wilder wins and it makes this fight four times as big!

“Maybe Fury fights and we fight Dillian Whyte and we fight the winner after that, who knows? But it’s just about winning.”

Tyson Fury is still in the mix, but must face Wilder on December 1 in America for the chance to reclaim his place at the top of heavyweight boxing.

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