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Anthony Joshua wants Wilder after defeating Parker

Joshua is eyeing Wilder’s WBC belt after adding the WBO title to his IBF and WBA crowns with a unanimous points win over Joseph Parker on Saturday.

By SportBrief Reporter

Negotiations for a world heavyweight title unification fight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder could start next week, says promoter Barry Hearn.

“It is a fight Anthony Joshua really wants and I think he wants it this year,” Hearn said.

But Joshua, 28, says he will not pay Wilder a financial “bonus”.

Hearn, chairman and founder of Joshua’s promoters Matchroom, told BBC Radio 5 live’s Sportsweek programme: “Anthony Joshua wants all the belts – that is the big card Deontay Wilder has got to play [but]commercially, Joshua is far bigger than Deontay Wilder.

“I think Wilder would come over here [the UK]because in the world we live in, in boxing, the couple of million dollars Wilder is getting for a fight is pretty small fry in comparison to the rewards that await him for a Joshua fight.

“I think negotiations will start next week.”

A bout between Joshua and Wilder would deliver the first man to hold all four major heavyweight titles. Joshua says he is in “the most powerful” negotiating position, adding: “Why do I do all this work to give someone else a bonus? Am I getting a bonus now?”

Pointing at his titles, he added: “This is what it’s all about, our side are serious about the negotiations.

“I think 2018 was about getting all the belts and we are one away now. I’m not in the business of hype, hype, hype. I’d love to maybe go to America and look at the landscape and see how serious they are, deal with it behind closed doors.

“Negotiations are on social media a lot now but it’s serious business and I think you have to sit down privately.

“Look at every one of these belts now, I will have to be the most powerful man on a negotiating table.”

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