Eddie Hearn, the promoter for former two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, has revealed that a suggestion was obtained for a long-awaited showdown with Deontay Wilder in Saudi Arabia.
Joshua will first return to the ring on August 12 in a possible rematch with Dillian Whyte.
Saudi Arabia’s Ability Problem Leisure, who just lately signed unified champion Oleksandr Usyk to promotional contract, have despatched a proper provide to Hearn for the Joshua-Wilder encounter.
If Ability Problem have their manner, they intend to stage a one-night heavyweight doubleheader, with Joshua going through Wilder and Usyk colliding in an undisputed combat with WBC champion Tyson Fury.
Wilder, a former WBC beltholder, has been inactive since his return final October, when he knocked out Robert Helenius within the first spherical on the Barclays Heart in Brooklyn.
Whereas Hearn has obtained a proper provide for the Wilder combat, he would not have an precise contract.
“We have now a suggestion with no contract. So we have to wait on that contract,” Hearn informed IFL TV.
Earlier than he can take into consideration Wilder, which is focused for the month of December, Joshua will gear up for the deliberate date in August.
Hearn is attempting to get a deal executed for a rematch with Whyte, who Joshua knocked out in seven rounds in 2015.
“Simply discussing it, we had an electronic mail dialog at this time. We have got a name in all probability later at this time. Like I stated, AJ is preventing on August twelfth, we might prefer it to be in opposition to Dillian Whyte, we’ll see if we are able to make a deal,” Hearn stated.
Joshua final noticed motion again in April, with a twelve spherical determination over Jermaine Franklin. Whyte additionally had his final combat with Franklin, again in November, as he received a twelve spherical majority determination.