Anthony Joshua has made clear his intentions to unify all the belts at heavyweight level, this vision moved closer yesterday with news that Alexander Povetkin Is lined up for the Parker undercard, against fellow Brit David Price, the pair are set to face each other in a mandatory clash this summer should they come through victorious.
“(It’s) more difficult, because if you go to the negotiating table with three belts instead of one, then you want an increase in the pie,” Hearn explained.
“Wilder is in a real fight against (Luis) Ortiz (on March 3rd), and victory would give him more value than he has at the moment.”
“We have to give respect to Wilder because he’s having a proper fight. I believe he will beat Ortiz. It depends how he wins. If he comes through a war, those fights can take a lot out of you. If he wins impressively, he sends out a good statement. Everyone is going in the right direction.”
The future as seen by Matchroom for AJ in 2018.
March 31 – Joseph Parker (Cardiff, Wales) – WBA, IBF, IBO, WBO titles
August/September – Alexander Povetkin (Russia/USA) – WBA, IBF, IBO, WBO titles
December – Deontay Wilder (Las Vegas) – WBC, WBA, IBF, IBO, WBO titles