Promoter Eddie Hearn is frustrated right now, and he is not at all convinced the fight that appeared so close to being made – Wladimir Klitschko versus Anthony Joshua – will actually happen this December as was planned/hoped.
Speaking with SkySports yesterday, Hearn said he is now waiting on the WBA, who will make a decision soon as to whether or not they will sanction Joshua against Klitschko.
Hearn, though, said he is “not hopeful,” and spoke of the growing rumours that suggest “Dr. Steel Hammer” will be back operating against Australia’s Lucas Browne on December 10 instead of against AJ.
“I worked hard on the contract for two or three weeks but then Wladimir insisted that the WBA belt be on the line, something he wasn’t too bothered about initially,” Hearn said.
“We are waiting on the WBA sanctioning decision. It’s the biggest fight in the heavyweight division right now so why wouldn’t you sanction it? Maybe they are being driven by who Wladimir wants to fight? So it’s kind of up to Wladimir who he wants to fight. Does he go Anthony Joshua or Lucas Browne?”
There is still no official confirmation that Klitschko will face Browne, or anyone else, but Hearn is looking at other challengers for his IBF champ, in case, as he fears, the Klitschko fight will not happen.
Just who are the names in the frame to step in and face AJ in Manchester on December 10? Here are the names Hearn listed: Eric Molina, Bryant Jennings, David Price (who has said, or to be more accurate, his trainer has said, he will take the fight “if the terms are right”), Alexander Ustinov and, Hearn’s preferred choice (after Klitschko of course) Kubrat Pulev.
Maybe Joshua and Klitschko will wind up meeting some time net year. Unless of course Browne causes the big upset and defeats Klitschko.