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Joshua still hoping for Wilder unification fight

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EDDIE HEARN has said Anthony Joshua still hopes to fight Deontay Wilder to unify the heavyweight division despite the World Boxing Council sanctioning a rematch between the Alabama-born fighter and Tyson Fury.

Wilder and Fury’s bout resulted in a split-decision draw in Los Angeles last week with many feeling the Mancunian fighter should have been given the win.

Both fighters have said they want a rematch and in a statement released by WBC, they confirmed that there is a “unanimous agreement” among the board of governors to sanction a second fight between Wilder and Fury.

However, the Evening Standard reports that until the governing body officially orders the rematch, Joshua’s promoter Hearn believes Joshua vs Wilder could still happen next year.

Speaking to Sky Sports about if the WBC’s announcement would delay the unification fight, Hearn said: "No, I think the wording was everything in that one, sanctioned not ordered.

"I think what they're saying is they would approve the rematch. Dominic Breazeale is the mandatory, who is supposed to fight the winner, so what they're saying is that they would allow the rematch.

"As far as I see, they haven't ordered it. We'll see. I don't think it really changes much. If Wilder wants to fight Fury, he'll fight Fury.

"If he wants to be undisputed, he'll fight Joshua. It [unification] can trump anything. I don't know how much that means to Wilder. It means everything to us, means everything to Joshua, but the rematch is a big fight."

Joshua is scheduled to fight in April 2019 at Wembley Stadium.

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