Deontay Wilder could be paid off to forfeit his chance for a rematch and allow Tyson Fury to take on Anthony Joshua as soon as JUNE, claims Eddie Hearn
- Eddie Hearn insists Anthony Joshua could fight Tyson Fury as early as June
- Fury was crowned WBC king after his seventh-round win over Deontay Wilder
- Wilder has activated a clause to secure a third fight with the Gypsy King
- Meanwhile Anthony Joshua has been mandated to fight IBF & WBO challengers
Eddie Hearn has revealed Deontay Wilder could step aside to allow Tyson Fury to take on Anthony Joshua, despite activating a rematch clause to fight the Gypsy King for a third time.
Fury secured an emphatic seventh-round TKO victory over Wilder last week to lift the WBC world title belt, and boxing fans are now craving a heavyweight unification match between Fury and Joshua.
Hearn is thought to have been in the final stages of organising a fight between Joshua and IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev, but the promoter insists a deal could be made to enable AJ to fight Fury this summer.
Deontay Wilder may allow Tyson Fury to fight Anthony Joshua next, according to Eddie Hearn
‘If I’m Deontay Wilder, I don’t really want that (third Fury) fight until September, October,’ Hearn explained to BoxingScene.com.
‘So, there’s two things you can do. Number one is let Joshua and Fury fight in June or July, and then Wilder fights the winner in November, December. All right? Or, fight (Fury) quickly for us in July, or something like that, and let Joshua fight the winner.
‘Or the other one is let Joshua and Fury fight in October, and then you fight the winner in January or February. But then you’ve gotta sit out for nearly a year. But anything is solvable with money. You know what I mean?’
Wilder blamed his Las Vegas defeat to Fury on the heavy costume he wore to the ring
The Bronze Bomber blamed his Las Vegas defeat on a heavy costume worn to the ring, swiftly triggering a clause in his contract for a trilogy fight, but Matchroom Sport’s managing director believes he could consider a ‘step-aside deal.’
Wilder also sacked corner man Mark Breland after he threw in the towel at the MGM Grand, and a longer rest from the ring could appeal to him as he looks to restructure his coaching team.
‘I don’t like step-aside deals, because you start taking money from the pot,’ Hearn admitted. ‘You’ve gotta give Pulev some. You’ve gotta give Wilder some. And also, fighters don’t like giving other fighters money from the pot, because they’re not actually doing anything.
Joshua holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts after his victory over Andy Ruiz Jr
‘So, it’s like you’re getting all that money and you ain’t even fighting. But the pot is so big that you can do it. There is definitely a deal to be made to give Wilder step-aside money, to make this fight. But it’s timing.
‘You know, it’s like, “Well, we’re fighting in June and we’re about to sign a contract to fight Kubrat Pulev.” Luckily, Bob (Arum) represents Pulev and Fury. So, that would be solvable. But AJ don’t wanna wait until September or October to fight again because he boxed in December.
‘So, my gut feeling is we go with Pulev in June and then hopefully, (Fury and Wilder) fight at the end of July, or something like that, and then we fight (the winner) in November, December.’
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