English promoter Eddie Hearn was in Chicago hyping up a boxing card taking place in October when TMZ caught with him. The Englishmen is generally considered the shrewdest businessman of the lot in Great Britain, where Boxing is a big deal, maybe only second fiddle to Soccer and arguably Rugby.
Hearn’s most famous client is Anthony Joshua, the current WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titleholder fighting out of BXR in London. A prospective fight with WBC champ Deontay Wilder was talked about for 2018, but with all the contracted BS in the sport, it never came to pass. Hearn contends that the heavyweight tilt will in fact happen barring any mishaps. He has a April 13 date encircled with it in mind, seeing as he plans his fight cards months ahead of time, in order to cogitate over potential scheduling conflicts and “mandatory defenses.”
Speaking of “mandatory defenses,” if a proposed super fight with American Deontay Wilder is ever to happen on April 13, Anthony Joshua has to get through Russian challenger Alex Povetkin, a man who has twice been accused of “doping” leading up to fights. Deontay on the other hand, has little impeding his movements towards unification. Dominic Breazeale has called him out, Luis Ortiz even asked for a rematch but neither are go-to options, unless of course a contract is outright signed with Eddie Hearn, Joshua and the rest of Matchroom Sport.
Regardless of what transpires between now and then, Eddie Hearn has all but guaranteed a fight between Joshua and Wilder is “100%” happening. It’s not a matter of “if,” but when it happens, provided the April 13 date falls through.