Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is willing to challenge Deontay Wilder as he has made a “much-improved” offer for a world heavyweight title unification fight, accotrding to his promoter.
But the promoter, Eddie Hearn said that Wilder, the reigning WBC champion is not as willing to face the the 28-year-old Joshua, who holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO crowns.
Joshua recently stopped Russian Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium and is locked in to stage his next bout at the same venue in April next year.
On his part, Wilder, who is scheduled to fight Tyson Fury in Los Angeles on 1 December labeled Joshua a “coward” at a news conference on Monday for failing to secure a bout between them.
However, Hearn told Sky Sports that “we keep requesting these meetings and they don’t want them to take place, which is a bit strange when you’re talking about the biggest fight in world boxing,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
“We wrote to (Wilder’s camp) after our fight with Povetkin and said we need to make our move soon because of mandatories in place for April 13, so could we have a meeting,” Hearn added.
He alsdo said, “They got back and said no, we’re not interested in meeting you, make us an offer and we’ll let you know.
“We went back and made a much-improved offer from the first one – this one with a percentage split – a very attractive offer and then requested a meeting, but they turned round and said ‘no, we won’t meet you.”