Eddie Hearn doubts Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury will happen in 2018

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Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn has broken his silence on talks between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury for a massive heavyweight clash in 2018.

Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel informed WBN this week that he hopes the fight will be confirmed next week, although Hearn is skeptical the encounter is even close.

A fight with Hearn’s top man Anthony Joshua was the first choice for Wilder. He’s looking to secure a big fight date on Showtime Pay-Per-View in November or December.

Talks broke off with Joshua after the Briton turned down a guaranteed $50m to face the American before sending Wilder a contract with unsignable terms, which was rejected out of hand.

Fury is now the number one target. Wilder’s advisor Finkel is hopeful something official can be released next week on the back of serious discussions with Frank Warren over the past fortnight.

“We’ve been talking to Frank Warren for around two weeks now, and we’re close,” Finkel exclusively told World Boxing News.

“Everybody is working hard to get the deal done, and we’re hopeful it will happen because it’s a big, big fight and one that Deontay wants. All being well, it will take place in November or December in the United States.

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“Tyson Fury is not afraid, maybe like Anthony Joshua was, to come over to the US and fight Deontay. So for us, it’s the biggest fight out there we can make right now.

“We wanted Joshua. I have my own opinions as to why they don’t want to do it. Now we have the chance to make the biggest fight out there for Deontay against Tyson Fury.

“Right now, it looks excellent that it will happen in November or December, and we want to make it happen.

“We hope by next week Wilder v Fury will be done,” he added.

Deontay Wilder on PPV will be a huge event for US fans.

Phil Jay is the Editor of WBN. An Auxiliary member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay.