Promoter Eddie Hearn, who guides the career of IBF, WBO, WBA, IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs), believes WBC champion Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) is looking to go in another direction.
But Wilder has yet to sign the contract, which Hearn claims the boxer has held for at least a week.
Promoter Eddie Hearn stated Team Wilder needed to be quick to stave off the chances of Joshua facing Povetkin instead, with this further delay not helping matters.
Finkel confirmed the paperwork Matchroom Boxing's Barry Hearn was received three days later than planned on Monday, and by Tuesday had sent TWO POINTS to be reaffirmed by Joshua's handlers before making the fight official. We made them [Wilder's team] an offer firstly, they didn't even reply.
Describing the situation to Sky Sports today, Hearn said: "Let's just stick to facts".
A decision will have to come down, sooner than later, because Joshua was ordered by the World Boxing Association to make a mandatory defense against Alexander Povetkin of Russian Federation.
WBN is expecting further news over the weekend, although doesn't see a Joshua v Wilder deal being able to be completed this week due to time constraints.
"I can't quite make out whether people are lying to Deontay about the negotiations or he is just completely deluded".
"I saw an interview with him yesterday saying he is actually two people, Deontay Wilder and The Bronze Bomber so I'm siding with deluded".
"He has now had the contract a week".
World Boxing News were informed by Shelly Finkel on Thursday evening that they just needed contract clarification for a Joshua v Wilder unification in the United Kingdom to be signed off. We are getting calls from the WBA on a daily basis asking what's happening, there is absolutely zero urgency from Deontay and his team other than posting silly Instagram videos.