They want the contract signed easily or Joshua will face Alexander Povetkin
Eddie Hearn has sent Deontay Wilder’s team a message telling them what they must do in order to get Anthony Joshua next.
America’s WBC heavyweight champion publicly announced that he had accepted Hearn’s offer for the fight last week, though it is still not guaranteed to happen this year.
The promoter told Sky: “They [Anthony Joshua and his trainer] want to get moving.
“They boxed March 31, so he’s had a nice break. They would like to know, they would like a decision.
“Of course he wants the Wilder fight. He wants to be the undisputed champion, but if it’s going to be slow-tracked, if people are going to mess around, if it’s going to drag on, they would rather jump in and say okay, let’s go end of September with Povetkin, and then keep the discussions going with Wilder, but sign now.”
He then clarified that Anthony Joshua v Deontay Wilder can still happen next, and told Deontay Wilder’s team exactly what they need to do to make that happen.
“If Wilder says we’re good to go [with regards to signing the contract], that’s almost certainly going to be the next fight.”