Eddie Hearn has slammed WBC champion Deontay Wilder for claiming that Anthony Joshua is ‘out of the picture’ in the heavyweight division and believes he is laying the groundwork to dodge a unification fight.
The American, who takes on Tyson Fury in their hotly anticipated rematch in Las Vegas next week, dismissed talk of a showdown with three-belt holder Joshua later in the year and called him a coward.
But Hearn believes it is the other way around, with Wilder doing and saying anything to avoid fighting AJ, and he believes the only way a unification fight happens is if Fury wins.
Asked about Wilder’s latest comments, Hearn said: ‘I mean, not being funny, but how the f**k can you say that!? This is a guy who basically for years and years just refused to fight Anthony Joshua and now he’s doing it again. He’s lining it up.
That’s why Tyson has got to get the win because we can make that happen. Tyson Fury will fight Anthony Joshua, no problem, it’s a quick conversation between me, Bob Arum and MTK and it gets done instantly. Wilder’s just on another planet. Unfortunately, I probably think Wilder is going to win the fight.’
Asked if he wants Fury to win, Hearn continued: ‘Of course I want Tyson to win, because he’s a Brit and, more importantly, it’s a much easier chance to make that big fight. Because, as I say, I believe he will fight him. I believe that he will take the challenge against Joshua.
‘For Wilder to tee that up… If Wilder wins this fight he’ll be under so much pressure to fight Joshua but there’s nothing we can do. People can see from those comments what we’re up against. To say that he’s not in the picture is just crazy and weird.’
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