Eddie Hearn says Joshua v Wilder will happen in 2018

Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has reassured boxing fans that negotiations for the unification fight are making good progress and a fight between Joshua and Deontay Wilder is likely to happen sometime in 2018.

Unification is on the cards

Joshua beat Wladimir Klitschko early this year to add the WBA title to his IBF belt. Wilder currently holds the WBC title and a fight between Joshua and Wilder would finally unify the belts, with the winner walking away with all three and regarded as the undisputed heavy-weight champion.

Wilder looks to be in incredible shape building up to this fight, following the American beating Bermane Stiverne in a one-round knockout last weekend in New York. This week Wilder appears to be ready to go to war with Joshua, claiming the Brit and his team around him are doing what they can to avoid fighting Wilder.

Hearn spoke to Sky Sports on now negotiations are progressing between both camps:

“Our job to deliver but it doesn’t happen overnight. We have to respect but we also need to do great business for Joshua. If we offered Wilder his true worth, the meeting would last two minutes.”

AJ want to be champ end of 2018

But Eddie Hearn has also hinted that Joshua could face Joseph Parker before then. Parker is currently WBO champion and Joshua’s mission is to be the unified champion by the end of 2018.

In the meantime Tyson Fury who currently doesn’t hold a British boxing license has gone onto Twitter to goat Joshua and the Watford-born dream of becoming the undisputed champion.

Fury has publicly highlighted his lack of focus and desire after beating Klitschko, having “achieved everything I want”. Should AJ unify the belts we could see Fury come out of retirement for one last fight against Joshua.