Deontay Wilder should receive a lower fee for a fight with Anthony Joshua in April, says Eddie Hearn

Promoter Eddie Hearn says Deontay Wilder’s fee “should go down” for a fight with Anthony Joshua as he prepares to send a signed contract to the American.

The unified world heavyweight champion will add his signature to a contract for a fight against Wilder at Wembley on April 13, with the attendance expected to be boosted to 100,000 for the massive unification clash.

Joshua must firstly make a title defence at the national stadium on September 22, which is expected to be against WBA mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin, and Hearn believes the British star’s stock will rise even higher with a win, while he queried whether the WBC champion is capable of doing the same.

But Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel feels his fighter has proven his value with explosive knockouts of Bermane Stiverne and Luis Ortiz, and questioned the desire of Joshua’s team for a fight in April.

Hearn insists there are not the same time restrictions to thrash out terms with Wilder as Joshua’s impending defence of the WBA title has now been resolved.

But he would prefer the Wilder fight to be signed by the time Joshua faces Povetkin – and victory for the home favourite might even set-up a face-to-face meeting in the ring with the ‘Bronze Bomber’, who had been denied the chance to step between the ropes after AJ’s win over Joseph Parker.