It was recently reported that Deontay Wilder’s manager, Shelly Finkel, was ignoring correspondence from Eddie Hearn. Now, he has revealed what the email says.
Wilder versus Anthony Joshua has long been a fight boxing fans want to see. While there won’t be a belt on the rope like it does exist, the competition and intrigue are so intense that it will still be one of the biggest in the sport.
It is said that AJ promoter Eddie Hearn recently contacted Wilder’s team to discuss a future fight between the former champions. Finkel gave his initial reaction to FightHype.combut hopefully it will happen when the time is right.
“The first thing is, the fight has to be done. I have a copy of the email – and I will show it at the appropriate time to press… I didn’t reply when he did. [Eddie Hearn] sent me an email [in August] since Deontay is fighting Helenius, I don’t want to get involved. The letter read ‘I have an idea, let’s talk.’ That’s it.
Next thing [being said] I told him I had a bunch of money and we wanted to fight Joshua. That’s why I don’t want to talk to him, because he will misunderstand the way he wants to say it.
The time will come after this fight, if he’s honest that Joshua wants it, we’ll do it. “
Now Wilder has surpassed Robert Helenius – and fast for that matter – Negotiations should be allowed to take place freely between the two teams. That means whether the fight happens or not is a whole different conversation, as fans will remember the struggles to achieve it before.
Wilder is expected to face steady PBC teammate Andy Ruiz Jr next in the final knockout for Tyson Fury’s WBC belt. There is also talk of the ‘Bronze Bomber’ jumping straight into a headline shot against Oleksandr Usyk, as the Ukrainian has expressed his interest.
‘AJ’ is yet to get back on the winning track, but he is expected to have a chance to do so in December or early next year against a ‘top 15’ heavyweight. If we have to see them go head-to-head, that’s unlikely to happen before mid-2023.