"Our original plan and hope was to do it in the middle of September, but obviously this "Canelo" fight on September 15 makes it a little more hard with US TV and the fact that we've lost four weeks in waiting for an answer from Deontay Wilder, makes the fight happening in 11 or 12 weeks of this magnitude unlikely".
Hearn did not respond to text messages from ESPN seeking comment, but it was late at night in England at the time.
Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs), who holds the WBA, WBO and IBF titles and has risen over the past year to become the biggest star globally in the sport, turned down a recent $50 million offer from Wilder's team, setting off a confusing stretch of public negotiating. Hopefully, we'll get an answer in the next day or two. "Finkel said that the offer is a two-fight deal with terms also agreed to for a rematch that would take place in the United States".
Wilder's manager Shelly Finkel later told ESPN they had officially accepted terms to a fight in the UK. We can't wait. Send the contract'. If he prefers the fight in the United Kingdom, the ball is in their court. On Monday night he posted: 'The $50M offer for Joshua to fight me next in the USA is still available to him if he wants it. It's up to them to choose USA or UK.
"The U.S. TV is Eddie's call", Finkel said.
Joshua and Wilder would make more money if the fight was staged stateside, but Hearn has insisted his fighter is not concerned with fight purses.
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A fight with Wilder has always been Plan A for Joshua, but after lengthy talks with the WBC champion struggled to produce a definitive scenario, a deal had largely been concluded with Povetkin for September in London.
The victor of the first fight will become the undisputed heavyweight champion.
Another possible outlet is the Perform Group's DAZN sports streaming service, which is due to launch in the USA later this summer, with Hearn's recently agreed to eight-year, $1 billion deal to provide boxing content due to begin in September.
The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook posted odds on the potential fight back in early April.
Joshua-Wilder would likely sell out Wembley Stadium again.
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