Hearn: Tired Of Deontay Wilder’s Games
With he and Anthony Joshua now on the clock, Eddie Hearn is tired of the “big game” being played by Deontay Wilder.
The promoter for the world heavyweight titlist is pressing ahead in finalizing a deal for Joshua’s mandatory fight against Alexander Povetkin, after the WBA put a 24 hour clock on putting pen to paper.
“I think they have just said enough is enough,” said Hearn, when asked about the WBA’s ruling on Tuesday.
“We need to know what you’re doing, you’re mandated to fight Alexander Povetkin, and I think Povetkin’s people are getting extremely restless as well.
“They have been waiting and to be fair to them, they have been patient, but [WBA president] Gilberto Mendoza has clearly decided enough is enough and we’ve got to move.”
“He [Joshua] knows that Povetkin is an extremely tough fight, Hearn told Sky Sports.
“We sent the contract nearly nine days ago now. We’re not even necessarily expecting a signed contract back. We just want your comments. If my fighter wanted a fight, and we received a contract, I would be back with the comments within 24 hours.”
“Nothing makes sense here at all. They emailed me on Sunday and said we would be back with our comments on Friday. Why do you need another five or six days? They know we’re under pressure from the WBA and it all feels like a big game, to be honest with you.
“It’s very, very frustrating and right now it looks like Povetkin is next.”