Hearn: Wilder Has April Contract For AJ
According to the founder of Matchroom Sport, Anthony Joshua is going to face the winner of Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury’s WBC heavyweight championship showdown.
Hearn spoke with BBC Radio 5’s Sportsweek, and claimed a deal has already been passed along to the Alabama native, but not to the “Gypsy King.”
“We have sent Wilder a signed contract already to fight on 13 April. We will agree terms with Wilder to fight on 13 April if he beats Tyson Fury – if he does not beat Tyson Fury, we have got to look around as we have got a business to run,” claimed the British Sports entrepreneur.
“Tyson Fury will not be in a position to fight on 13 April in my opinion. If he is, I would love to see it.”
While Fury’s promoter Frank Warren refuses to confirm if there is a rematch clause for the fight with Wilder, Hearn believes “there has to be a rematch clause.”
“I know Anthony Joshua has made his shopping list of who he would like to fight next and that is Deontay Wilder, but that is not to say the deal can be done.”
“It is subject to terms because you [Warren] will ask for a ridiculous amount of money and it won’t be made,” Hearn claimed about Warren’s demand for an even split between Joshua and Fury.
“It is not a 50-50 split against the number one heavyweight in the world – you can forget that completely.”
“I think it is safe to say that neither Team Joshua or Matchroom will fight the Gypsy King. They mentioned if it is not Wilder, it will be Whyte, but there was no mention of Tyson Fury, the lineal champion of the world,” Fury said on his social media of a potential face off against Joshua.
“It is all right fighting men 39-year-old and half your size. [This] is the best evidence that I am fighting the best heavyweight out there in Deontay Wilder, Joshua is not even close. He is slow, methodical, ponderous at times, powerful yes, but they all are.”
Initial Report: BBC