Morning boxing fans, Eddie Hearn insists he has a plan in place for Anthony Joshua to face the winner of Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder III in December.
Subject to AJ beating mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev on June 20, the 30-year-old WBA, IBF and WBO champ wants to land the WBC strap that is set to be contested again on July 18.
American Wilder has exercised his contractual right to an immediate rematch, keeping Joshua away from the one belt missing from his collection for another ten months at least.
But Matchroom boss Hearn claims he has spoken to the Gypsy King’s US promoter Bob Arum and the huge decider is just around the corner.
Saudi Arabia, which hosted Joshua’s December rematch win over Andy Ruiz Jr, want that potential clash but Cardiff’s roofed stadium and Las Vegas are also in the running.
And that is not the only big fight involving the British.
Billy Joe Saunders is the favourite to land the May 2 mega-money Canelo fight – but has told his bitter rival to hurry up or f*** off!
The WBO super-middleweight champ has a long-running feud with the four-weight Mexican superstar who has repeatedly vowed to deny him a life-changing payday.
But Canelo’s Cinco De Mayo Las Vegas showdown is just eight weeks away and the 30-year-old southpaw, or second favourite Callum Smith, need to know ASAP if they should be packing a suitcase.
Eddie Hearn, who promotes both, said: “I think Billy Joe is the front runner now but previously it was Callum Smith and it could change again tomorrow.
“It’s eight weeks on Saturday so it should be done this week but we have not received a contract for either fighter.
“Neither fighter has agreed terms, Canelo knows the terms for both guys but I am yet to receive a contract to say ‘it is done’.
“Right now, Billy Joe is the favourite but three days ago it was Callum, there are different messages coming out from Canelo’s team and his promoter Golden Boy.
“Both fighters are standing by to see who gets the golden ticket but neither have set a deadline.
“Billy has been telling me for two weeks ‘I want to know today or tell Canelo to f*** off.”
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