Fast Car Eddie is back on the hunt for the undisputed bout the world called for.
The controversial draw on Saturday has put the bout right back into the realm of possibility. Wilder fought to a controversial draw with former lineal champion Tyson Fury on Saturday.
The fight was a classic, with Fury climbing off the canvas twice to make it to the final bell. Fury appeared to control the pace and range of the fight with relative ease. Proving the Gypsy King is back, and he still has it. The judges, somehow, scored the bout even.
The pair however couldn’t resist bringing the WBA (Super), WBO, IBF and IBO champion’s name into the picture post fight – Fury mocking the Finchley man as a “chicken” for allegedly avoiding the Wilder fight.
Reports surfaced today that promoter Eddie Hearn has flown out to LA to resume contractual talks with Wilder’s team, which stalled in recent months.
London——>LA 🇬🇧 🇺🇸
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) December 3, 2018
Telling SportsMail, Hearn said a few things need to be ironed out:
“If anything, the way that fight went on Saturday works in our favour in terms of getting Wilder. That has always been the fight we want because he has the last belt.
“Now, let’s say he had beat Fury in two rounds – the negotiation will be a lot harder than after a draw where many think he was lucky to keep his WBC title. That goes in our favour.
“It might also be the case that Wilder fancies his chances in a punch-out with AJ rather than another go at Fury. As far as AJ is concerned, he will fight anyone. He would love Wilder next and he has always wanted Fury.
“I am going out to LA and we will talk (with Wilder’s representatives) this week. It is a fight we definitely want for April and will work hard to make.”
What does Wilder do?
From an outsiders perspective, Wilder would be wise to avoid Fury at all costs and take the Joshua fight as soon as possible.
Put simply, Anthony Joshua is one of, if not the, cash-king of boxing – alongside new DAZN stablemate, Canelo Alvarez. Bare in mind the quality of the boxing on display on Saturday night at the Staples centre, the place was not a sell out.
It should have been, but it wasn’t. Joshua meanwhile sold out the Principality in Cardiff in a mandatory defence, in a fight he was expected to steam-role.
The Povetkin fight sold over 80,000 also. PPV numbers have not been released yet, but with the back of DAZN, Joshua controls the Heavyweight divisions finances at this time. If Wilder were to face Fury again, and lose (which I would predict he would should the fight take place in the UK), the AJ fight – and the money it creates – disappears.
Joshua will continue to make six and seven figures not matter who he faces. This may not be what the fans want, but it would make the most sense for the Bronze Bomber.
AJ vs Wilder, for all the belts, at Wembley, would be the biggest fight of 2019 – possibly of the decade. And Wilder would comfortably earn seven-figures for the bout.
It appears we are back in a somewhat golden age of heavyweight boxing once again. The best need to fight the best.
All roads lead to one another, and should Fast Car pull off AJ vs. Wilder, the fans will demand the winner faces the Gypsy King. I wouldn’t mind betting that Fury would become a mandatory challenger for one of the four bells also.