Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has taken a huge dig at Tyson Fury and believes the proposed fight with Deontay Wilder this year will not take place, despite both fighters claiming the deal is “99 per cent done”, the Daily Express report.
Fury, who made his return to the ring in June after a two-year absence, is scheduled to take on Francesco Pianeta next week on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s clash with Luke Jackson at Windsor Park, Belfast.
WBC champion Wilder is set to be ringside to watch Fury in action, with the pair claiming a deal for a fight later this year is “99 per cent done”.
However, when asked about the possibility of the self-proclaimed ‘Gypsy King’ taking on Wilder, Hearn, talking to iFL TV, had some choice words for charismatic heavyweight.
What? When he’s just fought Sefer Seferi? And now he’s fighting ‘Andrea Pizza-netta’ [Francesco Pianeta].
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 gonna fight Wilder.
He won’t fight [Tony] Bellew, he won’t fight Dillian Whyte. He ain’t gonna fight Deontay Wilder.
Hearn’s client Joshua is preparing to take on Russian mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin at Wembley in September, and the winner of the proposed clash between Fury and Wilder would be at the front of the queue to take on the Brit next year.