Anthony Joshua’s promoter thinks ‘The Gypsy King’ will wait until 2019 before facing top competition
Eddie Hearn has spoken out about a potential Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury fight, and he doesn’t believe it will happen.
The Matchroom Boxing promoter, who recently spent several months in unsuccessful negotiations with Wilder’s team on the behalf of Anthony Joshua, said he thinks this week’s talk of the American facing Fury is “ridiculous.”
On Monday, Fury’s promoter Frank Warren appeared on talkSPORT’s Sports Breakfast and revealed negotiations were underway.
Since then, Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel has himself confirmed Warren’s claims and a deal is rumoured to be nearing completion for November 10/17 in Las Vegas.
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However, when asked on an Instagram Live stream with IFLTV’s Kugan Cassius whether he believes the fight will happen, Eddie Hearn responded: “No.
“What? When he’s just fought Sefer Seferi? And now he’s fighting ‘Andrea Pizza-netta’ [meaning Francesco Pianeta].
“Don’t be ridiculous. Listen you can be bluffed out by what you want: ‘Oh wow, yeah, let’s tune in to Fury’s next fight because if he wins this he’s gonna fight Wilder.’”
Hearn went on to express his frustrations regarding what he claims is Fury’s reluctance to face Matchroom’s crop of heavyweights, and used that as his explanation for why the Wilder bout won’t happen.
“He won’t fight [Tony] Bellew, he won’t fight Dillian Whyte. He ain’t gonna fight Deontay Wilder.
“I’m sure he will next year, he’ll fight everybody. But he’s got no confidence at the moment; he’s just been out the ring for two years.
“But it’s a great story to be fair. It’s good for the hype.”
Upon hearing Hearn’s comments, Fury took to Instagram Live himself, and responded in typically brutal fashion.
“Eddie Hearn can suck my big hairy b*******, one at a time preferably,” stated Fury.
Regarding the fight, he proudly declared: “I’m telling you, it is happening, IT’S ON.”
You can watch the Instagram Live clip of Eddie Hearn below.