The long-delayed agreement between Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Gennady “GGG” Golovkin to stage their rematch on September 15 affects when and where heavyweight champions Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder will have their unification fight.
That’s what Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, told iFL TV last week.
“Our original offer [to Wilder] was based on a September fight. Obviously [on Wednesday] you got Canelo-Golovkin announced and it’s only 10 or 11 weeks to September 15,” Hearn said Thursday.
A Joshua-Wilder fight around the same time as Canelo-GGG “doesn’t work for U.S. TV, doesn’t work in a build-up sense, either,” Hearn said, “so we’re looking now, if we do Wilder, more like October or November.”
Hearn later said the fight might have to be pushed back to December or even February to allow Joshua, who holds the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles, to fight Alexander Povetkin in September.
Wembley Stadium in London is Joshua’s preferred site for a fight vs. Wilder, but Hearn said a delay to mid-autumn or winter would rule out a fight there.
Hearn said Cardiff, Wales, is being considered as an alternative, and he added that Joshua would be willing to fight Wilder in the U.S. if Wilder, the WBC champ, “becomes the A-side.”
Hearn also pledged that Joshua-Wilder “is 100 percent happening” even though no contracts have been signed. Wilder’s camp said Monday it had agreed to fight Joshua in the United Kingdom.
Source: Tom Gatto