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« on: June 20, 2018, 11:40:51 AM »



Showtime's president of sports and event programming, Stephen Espinoza, told TMZ Sports he believes the Deontay Wilder vs. Anthony Joshua heavyweight bout will happen this year.

"There's a lot of positioning," he said of the negotiations for the fight. "I think anytime you see guys talking to the press about a negotiation, generally that means there's very little actual negotiating going on. But the ball is rolling. Things are moving. Discussions are happening. I think that, once we get past a certain hump, then I think it will happen very quickly. So I'm still optimistic we'll get it this year."
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Time running out to finalise Deontay Wilder vs Anthony Joshua, warns Eddie Hearn


Deontay Wilder has yet to return a signed contract to Anthony Joshua and Eddie Hearn has warned the American his fighter will not wait much longer. Joshua issued his heavyweight rival with a contract last week after Wilder had announced he was ready to accept the Brit’s terms and fight in the UK. Wilder and Joshua have been in talks over a historic unification showdown for several months, but there have been disagreements between the two camps.

Hearn has insisted again and again Wilder’s team could be bluffing and the Matchroom promoter confirmed Joshua was close to walking away from the negotiations and finalising a clash with his mandatory challenger, Alexander Povetkin. ‘They [Anthony Joshua and his trainer] want to get moving,’ Hearn told Sky Sports. ‘They boxed March 31, so he’s had a nice break. They would like to know, they would like a decision.

‘Of course he wants the Wilder fight. He wants to be the undisputed champion, but if it’s going to be slow-tracked, if people are going to mess around, if it’s going to drag on, they would rather jump in and say okay, let’s go end of September with Povetkin, and then keep the discussions going with Wilder, but sign now.’ He added: ‘If Wilder says we’re good to go [with regards to signing the contract], that’s almost certainly going to be the next fight.’

Povetkin is far from the fight boxing fans will want to see, but the big-hitter will represent a difficult challenge for Joshua. The Russian has twice failed drug tests, but staked his claim for a shot at Joshua in March with a gruesome knockout of David Price on the undercard of the Brit’s unification fight against Joseph Parker. Wilder has always denied Hearn’s taunts, while his manager Shelly Finkel said they are reviewing the contract they received last week.

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