Eddie Hearn DOUBTS Deontay Wilder will fight Tyson Fury, says Anthony Joshua unification ‘is FIVE TIMES BIGGER in 2019’

Wilder v Fury

Chris Roberts

Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has once again stated his considerable scepticism to a fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury happening in 2018. 

Wilder and Fury have both agreed the clash, which has already been confirmed by Frank Warren and Showtime Boxing, although Hearn still doesn’t see both men sharing a ring for the WBC heavyweight title anytime soon.

Hearn had his chance to make a fight between star man Anthony Joshua and Wilder over the summer until disagreements in the contract saw the American look elsewhere.

As Joshua prepares for a mandatory bout with Alexander Povetkin, Hearn believes his choice to let the Wilder undisputed encounter simmer until 2019 will eventually bear fruit.

“People have this perception of ‘Fury vs Wilder,’ Hearn told Tha Boxing Voice. “They’ve both got to make it to the ring (first) – anything can happen.

“Imagine how big Wilder vs Joshua will be next year – five times more than it is now. I have to see this fight first because I really do have my doubts,” he added.

Speaking on Aug 3 when Wilder v Fury was first said to be close to completion and before the latter defeated Francesco Pianeta with ease, Hearn had made similar feelings clear.

“No (Wilder and Fury won’t fight this year),” Hearn told IFL TV. “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).’”

“He won’t fight (Tony) Bellew, he won’t fight Dillian Whyte. He’s not going to fight Deontay Wilder,” added the promoter.

“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.

A date and venue for Wilder v Fury are currently being discussed by Shelly Finkel and Warren for the latter part of this year, with dates in November and December said to be frontrunners.