Nobody is quite sure who Anthony Joshua’s next opponent is going to be.
The British heavyweight, who recently added the WBO title to his WBA and IBF belts, is currently locked in negotiations with Deontay Wilder over a proposed bout later on in 2018.
Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, recently admitted that Wilder, the WBC champion, has been offered five times more than his biggest career purse to fight AJ.
“We will continue dialogue over the next couple of weeks to try to get this done,” Hearn wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.
Joshua, though, believes he is more likely to face Alexander Povetkin or Jarrell Miller before he meets Wilder.
“If I was to list which (negotiations) would be easiest I’d put them at the start,” Joshua said, per The Sun.
It’s an interesting insight into just how difficult Hearn and his team at Matchroom Sport have found negotiations with Wilder’s camp.
Hearn has denied reports that the Bronze Bomber has been offered a flat fee of £8.8 million to fight Joshua, an offer that appears considerably low given this has been talked about as a £100m fight.
Boxing fans can only hope that the numbers get sorted and a contract signed.
And that includes Wladimir Klitschko, who is eager to see the two heavyweight champions go head-to-head.
Klitschko, who lost to Joshua in April 2017 before announcing his retirement, fully believes that Wilder will cause the Brit problems.
“It would be a dangerous fight for Anthony Joshua,” Klitschko told the Sunday Times. “I’m not saying he wouldn’t win it but Wilder has something.
“Due to his weight, he is extremely fast. He has good power in his hands and he’s extremely fast.
“Maybe he’s kind of wild in his technique but those punches are coming from who knows where.
“He is hard to defend against – where is that punch going to land or which side is it coming from?”
Klitschko, 42, continued by pointing out that Wilder’s speed could prove difficult for Joshua to deal with.
“Joshua has all-around more capability but Wilder is taller than Joshua and is faster than Joshua,” the Ukrainian added.
“He doesn’t have the weight behind his punches but he is extremely fast, and it would depend upon what kind of mood both fighters were in.”
Hopefully it won’t be much longer before we’re treated to Joshua v Wilder.
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