Thursday, 1 March 2018

Joshua 'll be happy to face Wilder--Hearn

Anthony Joshua would be 'happy' to face Deontay Wilder next, if they both successfully come through their world title fights, says promoter Eddie Hearn.
The American heavyweight aimed a fresh verbal attack at fellow champion Joshua and Hearn ahead of his WBC title defence against Luis Ortiz in the early hours of Sunday morning, live on Sky Sports.
"Talking of milking the cow, I think Deontay's got a chip on his shoulder, because his udders are dry," Hearn told Sky Sports News.
"He's making very small money and needs a new promoter. I don't think he has a promoter at the moment, so if he doesn't - Deontay just pick up the phone, drop me a line. We'll get this AJ fight, we'll make you some real money.
Make no mistake, I was with Anthony Joshua this morning, he wants to fight Deontay Wilder.
"He's WBC champion, he's a great fighter, who is a great personality, but for this camp he's been like a one-man salesman, just travelling around the globe, trying to sell his own fight. He should be in camp. This is a proper fight, his first real test.
"Make no mistake, I was with Anthony Joshua this morning, he wants to fight Deontay Wilder. He sees that as an easier fight potentially than the Joseph Parker fight.
"The plan is to become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
He's got to deal with Parker first on March 31, it's a tough fight.
After that, Deontay is coming to Cardiff, we can sit down, we can get that fight made. No problems from our side."
Hearn is prepared to offer a two-fight deal to Wilder, which would see Joshua making his debut in the US.
"Yes, absolutely. Anthony is happy to go into that fight next. Wilder was talking about he wants a 50-50 split. This is ridiculous, we're going to have three belts, he's got one.
Wilder: No man can beat meDeontay Wilder insists "no man" can beat him - including Anthony Joshua.
"He's doing his thing in America. Now he's saying that he will take any split, as long as that split is reversed in the rematch. No problem with that. Again, pick up the phone, call me Deontay. It's very easy, we can get it done over a cup of tea and a slice of cake.
"America is fine. We'll do two fights. There's loads of different ways we can do the fight, but let's just get it made."

Joshua will fight Parker lighter

Following comments about potentially being too “muscle bound,” Anthony Joshua is looking to come in a more lighter fighter against Joseph Parker on March 31.
Joshua, the holder of the WBA, IBO and IBF belts will clash with
Parker, WBO title holder, in a unification bout.
Eddie Hearn in a conversation with SKY Sports, claimed that Joshua is looking good heading into his unification fight in Cardiff.
“From the day after his Takam fight, all he has been thinking about is how he can improve, get a bit leaner, improve the jab, improve the footwork. He is obsessed with improvement.
”I watched him spar 12 rounds last week. His footwork is so much better – he is gliding on his feet, he has got faster hands. He is so meticulous in camp, like nothing I’ve ever seen.
”He is lighter and started camp earlier so they aren’t having to exhaust him. He is working hard, but much smarter. So far, this is the best camp he’s had. Coming in lighter, he feels great.”
Hearn claims Joshua is currently at 245 pounds, as opposed to his last fight against Carlos Takam in October, 2017, where he walked in at 254 pounds, and five pounds lighter than when he fought Wladimir Klitschko in April of last year.

Caption: Wilder (left) ready for a showdown with Joshua later this year.


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