Deontay Wilder, Dillian Whyte and Tyson Fury: if you think you can beat Anthony Joshua, come and get him
- Eddie Hearn’s message to Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte is simple: If you think you can beat Anthony Joshua, then come and get him
- A decision will be made on Joshua’s next opponent within the next 10 days
- Wilder’s team have not responded to promoter Hearn’s last five or six emails
- If it were up to Joshua, he would want to fight Wilder at Wembley in April
I have had a lot of people asking for an update on Anthony Joshua and as ever a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes. It’s important at this point for everyone to realise there is a big difference between fighters wanting to face Anthony Joshua and fighters simply saying they want to.
We have made offers to the major heavyweight contenders and we will be making more offers in the next couple of days with a view to finalising a decision in the next 10 days over Joshua’s next fight.
Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte all have the opportunity to get in the ring at Wembley in April and fight for Joshua’s four world titles… If you think you can beat him, our message is simple: come and get it. Who really wants it? This is your chance.
Anthony Joshua’s preference is to fight Deontay Wilder at Wembley Stadium in April
Tyson Fury is also on the list, while Wilder’s team are not responding to Eddie Hearn’s emails
To repeat myself, if it was down to AJ, he would want Wilder. He wants to be undisputed champion, we all know that by now.
But the difficulty and frustration is that I have now gone five or six unanswered emails from their end across three weeks or so. Is Wilder bluffing the public when he says he wants this fight?
If he truly wants it, it’s there and he knows it is there because we have told them. If he doesn’t want it, he can have his rematch with Tyson Fury or take on Dominic Breazeale and good luck to him. But if he has ambitions to be undisputed champion, as Joshua does, then the opportunity is there now.
The Tyson Fury fight is obviously one Joshua would love. I have spoken to Fury and it is a fight we would want. He knows that. Fury has proved everyone wrong and deserves enormous respect. It would be a huge fight and occasion and we could make it for April.
Dillian Whyte (R) is also in the frame, but he recently poured cold water on reports of a rematch
Joshua (left) wants to fight Whyte too, after he got under his skin after the Dereck Chisora bout
Likewise Whyte knows he has the opportunity. Joshua wants to fight him – he always does. I think Whyte got under his skin a bit after the Dereck Chisora fight and it’s not as though they needed any more needle between them.
A lot of people have said Whyte is favourite to get the fight but at this point it is hard to say. Offers have gone in and he has spoken a bit about what he thinks of the offer. We have not made an official offer to Jarrell Miller but he is also an option.
When the time comes to take AJ to the US and build his presence over there, fighting a New Yorker at Madison Square Garden would work for us.
All I can say is that when people, and I’m talking about all fighters here, say they are getting low-ball offers or whatever, you have to remember you are also being offered the opportunity to fight for the world titles.
If Wilder thinks he can beat AJ at Wembley, Matchroom’s message is simple: come and get it
Joshua (right) has not fought since beating Alexander Povetkin at Wembley back in September
It is not just the money. And on that – it is not like they are being offered bad money. But on top of the money they have the shot at beating Anthony Joshua.
Joshua fought for relative peanuts when he took on Charles Martin for the world title. It was about the opportunity and we put value on that opportunity. I am not saying we are offering peanuts, because we’re not.
But we are offering the opportunity for a fighter to become one of the biggest stars in world sport. If you think you are up to it, if you think you can take out Anthony Joshua, then come and try.
Joshua fought for relative peanuts when he took on Charles Martin for the world title at the O2
AJ poses with spectators, including Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy, after the Povetkin win