Eddie Hearn Reacts To Deontay Wilder Winning Arbitration
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn has given his reaction to Deontay Wilder’s arbitration victory.
The teams of Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury believed to have things locked down for August 14. Joshua vs. Fury was set to determine the undisputed heavyweight champion. Plans have blown up in smoke after former federal judge Daniel Weinstein ruled that a trilogy fight between Fury and Wilder must take place by September 15.
In a video posted by Matchroom, Hearn described his initial reaction to the news (h/t DAZN).
“It was a shock to the system. These negotiations have been going on for three or four months now and we were always assured that this [Wilder’s hearing] wouldn’t be a problem. We have to see now where they go with it.”
Hearn went on to say that one of the backup plans could be booking Joshua to defend his WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO gold against Oleksandr Usyk.
“The only fight we had our minds on was Tyson Fury and we hope that fight can still take place on August 14th. The game changed last night where we have to have a Plan B in place, and probably a Plan C, and we have a couple of different options.
“The one that springs to mind immediately is the WBO mandatory, Oleksandr Usyk. They’ve been quite patient and I think we’re in a situation now where if Team Fury don’t get their act together by the end of this week, we will have no option but to look for an alternative fight.
“AJ wants to fight this summer. Oleksandr Usyk is the mandatory. We have two or three other options as well.”