But Hearn denied making the "Bronze Bomber" this "take-it-or-leave-it" offer to unify Wilder's WBC Heavyweight belt with Joshua's IBF, WBA, IBO AND WBO belts.
The unbeaten Joshua won a third heavyweight title belt with his victory over Parker on March 31 in Cardiff, but his 100 percent knockout record was snapped, going the distance for the first time in his professional career. But he may be forced into facing Povetkin...
The victor of a Joshua-Wilder fight would be the first man to hold all four major heavyweight titles simultaneously.
Whyte has opted for the traditional way of getting a fight, too: winding up your target until he wants to punch you in the face.
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"If he wants to fight me next, he can fight me next", Joshua told the Press Association. I don't understand where they're coming from, nevertheless, there's many heavyweights out there that are serious'. The ones who are scared to step up talk a good game, but don't really back it up so I get bored of it. Wilder has stated that he is ready to come to the United Kingdom and fight, which will be music to AJ's ears as he feels more comfortable boxing at home, in his own time zone.
Those working with Wilder most recently spoke of making a counter offer due to their dissatisfaction at the one made to them, which has contributed to Joshua's pessimism. "Nevertheless, there's many heavyweights out there that are serious".
Hearn said: 'Whether that fight happens next or the fight after depends exclusively on the Americans. If there was a situation where Wilder accepted the challenge and it was something he was looking to do this year, it would be a conversation with the WBA, to see how we could hopefully postpone Povetkin until 2019. As things stand, it has to be the Wilder fight for Joshua.