British boxing star Anthony Joshua has Wembley Stadium booked for Saturday 13 April but it’s still very unclear on who will be his next opponent.
Could Joshua – the IBF, WBA Super, WBO and IBO belt holder – face WBC king Deontay Wilder in a bout to crown the undisputed champion of the heavyweight division?
Or will it be against British rivals Tyson Fury or Dillian Whyte? American Jarrell ‘Big Baby’ Miller is also on a shortlist, says Sky Sports.
With time ticking until the Wembley date promoter Eddie Hearn has now set a ten-day deadline on finding Joshua’s next opponent. Wilder has always been Joshua’s No.1 preference, the Daily Mail reports, but talks with the Bronze Bomber have again broken down.
Matchroom Sport boss Hearn told Sky Sports News that with Wilder going quiet it is more likely that Joshua could face Fury in an-all British super-fight at Wembley in April.
Hearn said: “Well, to say Deontay Wilder’s camp has gone quiet, that’s saying it lightly. Probably up to six unanswered emails now. In fact, I sent one a couple of days ago, saying I just want to check these haven’t gone into your Spam items.
“It is frustrating because you walk out there on the street ‘When’s he going to fight Deontay Wilder?’ It’s like, whenever they want it, but sometimes the public want to believe a fighter on Instagram all day.
“If they wanted the fight, they would talk to me. They’re not even talking to us. We’ve made offers, we’ve made percentage splits. Everything we can do, to try and make that fight.
“I think right now, there’s more chance of fighting Tyson Fury. There’s a man that knows he can have this fight, if he wants it. I’ve spoken to him. He knows if he wants to fight Joshua, it can happen 13 April.”