Hearn Still Doubts Wilder-Fury Happens
Promoter Eddie Hearn admits that he feels Tyson Fury is the perfect opponent for Deontay Wilder, but he still doesn’t think the fight will happen.
Hearn, promoter for unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, has had doubts on the fight since it was first rumored. But the fight does appear to be set after Fury dominated Francesco Pianeta in a ten-round bout on Aug. 18, following which Wilder entered the ring with an announcement that a Wilder-Fury deal had been finalized.
The fight is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, and be broadcast on pay-per-view, but an official November date has not been set yet.
Despite last week’s proceedings though, Hearn still sees the plans falling through. Though if it does happen, he can see Wilder coming out on top.
“I have my doubts whether it will happen. It may get signed but I hope both guys make it into the ring,” Hearn said. “I think if there was one guy that we would want Wilder to fight to grow the Joshua fight, it would definitely be Tyson Fury. I think it’s a bad fight for Fury at this time because he hasn’t got his swag or his flow yet. He must be getting 20 million-plus for that fight or I don’t know why he’s taking it but maybe he sees something we don’t and good luck to him. It’s a good fight for the heavyweight division.”
Furthermore, Hearn admits a win over Fury would certainly bring him better standing in his and Joshua’s eyes if negotiations for a Joshua-Wilder unification bout come back up again. After months of negotiations, the two sides failed to come to an agreement earlier this year.
“If Wilder wins the fight and it does good pay-per-view numbers then it certainly increases his stock in the Joshua fight. He’s still a one-belt holder but he will have increased his stock with wins against Ortiz and Fury,” Hearn said. “If Fury wins, there must be a rematch clause because it is a voluntary defence, so that would slow down our fight [with Wilder]. Fury is a good fighter, very skillful, but I don’t see him beating Wilder at all at the moment.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene