Frank Warren has responded to rival Eddie Hearn’s remarks regarding a possible Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury clash this year.
Wilder and Fury are ‘very close’ to sealing a massive Showtime Pay-Per-View event, although Hearn poured scorn on the chances of the fight happening recently.
In direct response, Warred said, “(Eddie) Hearn was quick to write off the prospect of Tyson Fury stepping up after his next fight to take on the WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder later in the year, suggesting he lacks the confidence to make such a bold move this early into his return,” in his latest column.
“Well, it is very close to happening. Tyson actually wants to fight Wilder and not just talk about it and it is a bit of an irony that the man who claimed he wouldn’t sign Tyson because of low-level opposition is now rubbishing genuine negotiations over him stepping up to the plate,” he added.
Hearn had stated his belief that Wilder v Fury was simply a bluff. He told IFL TV: “No (Wilder and Fury won’t fight this year). What? When he’s just fought Sefer Seferi? And now he’s fighting ‘Andrea Pizza-netta’ (in reference to Francesco Pianeta, Fury’s opponent on Aug 18).
“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 going to fight Wilder (next).’”
“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 of the ring for two years.
“But it’s a great story to be fair. It’s good for the hype,” he concluded.
Contrary to Hearn’s thoughts on the matter, Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel exclusively informed WBN of the state of play earlier this month.
Both sides are working hard to secure the contest following the disappointment of Anthony Joshua rejected the chance to unify the belts.
“We’ve been talking to Frank Warren for around two weeks now and we’re close,” Finkel told WBN.
“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 November or December in the United States.”
Asked why the Fury fight has seemingly been so effortless to reach an advanced stage to quickly, Finkel answered: “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, and I have my own opinions as to why they don’t want to do it, but now we have the chance to make the biggest fight out there for Deontay against Tyson Fury.
“Right now, it looks real good 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 said.