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Anthony Joshua ‘unlikely’ to battle at Wembley on 13 April, says Eddie Hearn

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Anthony Joshua will scrap the scheduled defence of his heavyweight titles at Wembley Stadium on 13 April and instead fight in Big apple in June, as per the promoter Eddie Hearn.

Joshua is certainly pencilled directly into fight at Wembley in the spring but he’s struggling to secure an adversary. Dillian Whyte, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder supply been mooted as is feasible contenders for Joshua’s WBA, IBF and WBO belts but none of them are already confirmed. Hearn believes a partnership can be reached with Whyte, but he does not think it will happen any prior to May or June. Focus has, therefore, switched to the bout when using the undefeated American fighter Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller.

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“It appears to be 13 April most likely,” Hearn told IFL TV. “I think Dillian thinks, for that fight that adheres to that, he’d need a much more time. So, after we complete the Whyte fight, I do think we move it to May or June anyway. Even so the Jarrell Miller fight is incredibly close for June at Madison Square Garden.”

A fight between Joshua as well as WBC champion Deontay Wilder would unify the heavyweight division and generate huge interest on sides within the Atlantic. However, Wilder is anticipated to first tackle Fury within a rematch in their thrilling contest in December.

Joshua, the 2012 Olympic super-heavyweight gold medallist, beat Whyte at London’s O2 Arena in December 2019 and Hearn said three offers were created for the WBO mandatory challenger. Whye has disputed that, however, claiming Joshua is avoiding a fight regarding the pair.

“They’ve had the [Wembley] date booked for a long time and get known AJ was available since he beat Alexander Povetkin in September yet didn’t even make a first offer,” he told the Daily Telegraph.

“We might have made this fight if Joshua really wanted it, but it has become clear to me all along that they have been focused on making the Jarrell Miller fight in The big apple on [Hearn’s subscription streaming service] DAZN.”

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