Promoter Eddie Hearn remains confident that Anthony Joshua’s unification clash with Deontay Wilder will be agreed, and a decision could be made in the “next few days”.
Negotiations continued between Matchroom Sport chairman Barry Hearn and Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel in New York on Friday, with Joshua determined to have home advantage for a battle against Wilder for all the world heavyweight belts.
A date and venue is still be decided for the blockbuster bout, although Wembley has been mentioned as a potential location, and Barry Hearn hopes a decision can be made this week.
Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn recently revealed he was close to agreeing an alternative fight with Alexander Povetkin for September and Joshua-Wilder could be scheduled early next year, if the British star firstly takes a mandatory WBA title defence against the Russian.
With US television networks still waiting to see if Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin can settle on a September rematch, Hearn must also weigh up the remaining dates, but is hopeful the rival champions will meet in an outdoor venue in London.