Hearn: Joshua Faces Pulev Next, Not Wilder

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Eddie Hearn has denied claims by Deontay Wilder that he will be facing Anthony Joshua next, saying Pulev is next.

The WBA and IBF holder has been challenged by Wilder following Klitschko’s retirement, but Hearn is not honoring the call.

Joshua has been mandated by the WBA to face their challenger Luis Ortiz and IBF, their mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev.

“Rather than fight anyone of note all Wilder does is call out people he knows can’t fight him,” Hearn exclusively told Sky Sports.

“The IBF resolution following the Klitschko fight is a public document for everyone to see: ‘after the rematch there will be no request for a unification considered by the IBF’.

“Obviously we now have to fight Pulev and Ortiz and it’s going to be a tough balancing act. The Pulev mandatory was called some time ago and we already have signed correspondence that if it’s not Klitschko then Pulev must be next.

“I would say right now the plan is Pulev, Ortiz then if Wilder still has a belt then AJ can relieve him of that next summer.”

“AJ is 100 per cent up for fighting Pulev, 100 per cent up for fighting Ortiz and 100 per cent up for fighting Wilder and he wants to do it in a way to try and capture all belts,” said Hearn.

“It’s going to be difficult but let me tell you this young man fears no one.”



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