Eddie Hearn was interviewed by Seconds Out this week and discussed a number of current boxing affairs, including who will face Anthony Joshua next.
Names in the mix are Tyson Fury, Dillian Whyte, Deontay Wilder and Jarrell Miller. The latter, the only fighter not to have a formal offer from Matchroom to fight AJ.
Frustration clearly building in the Matchroom chairman, claiming Wilder’s camp have not responded to multiple offers, Fury likewise and Whyte rejecting the first offer.
In about a week’s time, I’ll sit down and I’ll let everyone know the offers that have been made, because it does p*ss me off when I look at people’s responses. ‘Oh Joshua…’ This geezer fights anyone. I look at people like Lennox Lewis’ comments. Who did Lennox Lewis fight after 22 fights? I think his 21st or 22nd fight was against Razor Ruddock for the Commonwealth Title, it’s about as good as it got. ‘Oh he’s running…’ F*ck off mate.
It is apparent that Wilder is first option for AJ in his quest to unify the division, he would also welcome Fury. However, Hearn claims Whyte is the front runner, most likely followed by Fury and then Wilder.
Miller remains an option, perhaps at Madison Square Garden in NYC. Eddie Hearn has claimed however, that if an April Wembley date is to be met a fight needs to be signed and announced by the end of the month. The clock is ticking.