Hearn On Fury-Joshua: ‘Deontay Wilder Is Out, He’s Done’
Like the rest of the world, Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn is ready to see an undisputed heavyweight title fight. The situation regarding that scenario revolves around Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua, and Deontay Wilder. Hearn is hoping that when the times comes, there will only be two members of this group that will be covered when it comes to the heavyweight title scene.
Speaking with IFL TV, Hearn discussed the entire affair. As of now, Joshua (23-1) currently holds the IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO Heavyweight Titles. Fury (30-0-1) holds the WBC, The Ring, and lineal Heavyweight Titles. Both of those two have mandatory challengers. While Hearn is interested in an immediate Joshua-Fury bout, there are a few complications that have blocked that from happening.
Fury beat Wilder back in February in a rematch of their 2018 affair which ended in a draw. Knocking him down twice, Fury won in the seventh when Wilder’s corner threw in the towel. Wilder immediately exercised his rematch clause, and the fight is currently set for either November or December. All of this depends on the coronavirus situation and Wilder’s biceps surgery.
Wilder’s team is not interested in being “bought out” for Joshua-Fury to happen, something Top Rank’s Bob Arum stated would happen.
“He’s said in interviews he won’t step aside and with everything happening in terms of the uncertainty over the future of the world, let alone boxing, he’s not going to want to step aside,” Hearn stated, via Boxing Scene.
Joshua is currently set to face mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev, who’s team is adamant the contract between the two can’t be broken. Hearn is OK with waiting for the two champions to have their fights, as long as if Fury wins there will be no mention of Wilder for the remainder of the deal. Hearn considers him just another guy after. That is especially true with interim WBC Heavyweight CHampion Dillian Whyte looking to get his shot at gold.
“We also don’t want to enter into a deal where we say, ‘Oh when we beat Tyson Fury, we have to face Deontay Wilder and he has to get 40%.’ Deontay Wilder is out. He’s done,” Hearn went on to say. “He’s just a voluntary challenger. We want a clean slate when we enter into a deal. Whether it’s a one-fight deal with Tyson or a two-fight deal but when AJ beats Tyson Fury we don’t want an obligation to fight Deontay Wilder. What’s he got to do with it?
“He’s done. He’s beaten. He’s just been knocked out. If he beats Tyson Fury then we want to fight Deontay Wilder but if he doesn’t, he’s just back into the rankings. He’s not coming into a fight with the undisputed champion. So in that respect it’s a lot easier for us just to have a clean slate and everybody is on the same page with that as well.”
Hearn has even mentioned 2021 as a time for the fight between Fury and Joshua, and that it would be a two-fight series. If all goes according to plan, Hearn’s patience will have paid off.
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