Eddie Hearn has denied that a deal has been reached for Anthony Joshua to fight Deontay Wilder next year, raising the possibility of another fruitless negotiation like the one with Tyson Fury.
Joshua is on track to bounce back in 2023 after consecutive losses to Oleksandr Usyk.
He is back in action as part of the blockbuster ‘Day of Reckoning’ card taking place in Saudi Arabia this weekend.
The two-time heavyweight champion faces Otto Wallin, with Deontay Wilder also in action in the first fight.
Anthony Joshua may face another long negotiation
Joshua and Wilder are seen as favorites heading into their respective bouts and it is hoped the bill will serve as a warm-up for the pair to face each other early next year.
Reports emerged this week that a two-fight deal has been agreed upon between the two camps.
But Hearn poured cold water on those rumors by insisting in Thursday’s press conference that nothing has been signed yet.
Asked if an agreement had been reached, Hearn said: “No, not at all.
“I’m worried about Deontay Wilder [his] Fight, and anything can happen in our fight.
“Nothing is agreed upon, and all is irrelevant by the time Saturday night is over.”
Hearn’s comments suggest Joshua facing Wilder is dependent on both fighters winning their respective bouts this weekend.
But the lack of any concrete agreement or announcement will be sorely missed by boxing fans who have grown tired of lengthy negotiations between Fury’s and Joshua’s camps.
Eventually negotiations broke down between the two rivals as they attempted to sign an all-British heavyweight match.
Anthony Joshua fights against Otto Wallin on Saturday night
Fury vs. Joshua is the fight that all boxing fans have been wanting to see for the past decade and it appeared closer to reality when it was announced that they have agreed to financial terms for the fight to take place in December 2022.
But the fight ultimately failed as contract negotiations broke down and both sides accused the other of making a mistake.
The two boxers have continued a heated spat in the media since talks broke down, but Fury has repeatedly said he does not believe a fight between the two Britons will ever happen.
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Eddie Hearn claims no deal has been made for Wilder vs Joshua
Fury said in September: “There is no Anthony Joshua for me.
“He’s just a gym sweeper who gets beat up, he’s like an old traveler now.
“If you’re a good heavyweight and want to beat somebody, call him out. No, never [gonna happen],