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Eddie Hearn casts his opinion on the chances of Wilder v Fury actually happening

GiveMeSport | Updated: 2018-08-25 16:30:18

The question of who will next challenge Deontay Wilder for his WBC Heavyweight Championship has been the talk of the town in the world of boxing in recent months.

At first, it seemed as though Anthony Joshua would step forward for a title unification bout. As negotiations between the two reportedly broke down due to disagreements as to where the fight would take place, it doesn't look like the two will meet any time soon.

Just minutes after beating Francesco Pianeta last weekend via unanimous decision, Fury made no hesitation in dropping the bombshell that he and Wilder had agreed a deal to square off in November.

The Bronze Bomber was in attendance for Fury's second comeback fight. So naturally, it looked as though a confrontation was likely in one way or another.

Since the announcement, many figures in the world of boxing have chimed in on who they think will come out on top. Famed promoter Eddie Hearn is just the latest.

Known primarily for being the man behind the booking of Anthony Joshua's biggest fights, Hearn told FightHype: "I think it's a bad fight for Fury at this time because he hasn't got his swag or flow yet. 

"He must be getting £20m+ for that fight or I don't know why he's taking it but maybe he sees something we don't and good luck to him."

However, Hearn remains somewhat uncertain that the fight will even happen in the first place.

He continued: "I have my doubts whether it will happen.

"It may get signed but I hope both guys make it into the ring. I think if there is one guy that would want Wilder to grow the Joshua fight, it would definitely be Tyson Fury.

"It's a good fight for the heavyweight division."

Should everything go to plan, it could have massive repercussions for the winner facing Anthony Joshua in a unification bout.

But after watching Fury's last two fights, Hearn can only see a Wilder victory as the outcome.

“If Wilder wins the fight and it does good pay-per-view numbers then it certainly increases his stock in the Joshua fight," he added. "He’s still a one-belt holder but he will have increased his stock with wins against Ortiz and Fury.

“If Fury wins, there must be a rematch clause because it is a voluntary defence so that would slow down our fight [with Wilder].

“Fury is a good fighter, very skilful, but I don’t see him beating Wilder at all at the moment.”

A Wilder victory could bring hype around the fight to unprecedented levels. But if Fury wins, a fight with Joshua may be the biggest in British boxing history. 

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