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Eddie Hearn: We Must See Joshua vs. Wilder-Fury Winner

Eddie Hearn has insisted that the winner of the rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder cannot avoid a unification fight with Anthony Joshua.

Wilder defends his WBC world title against Fury for the second time at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, after the pair fought for a controversial draw in December 2018.

Joshua reclaimed the WBA, WBO, IBO, and IBF straps with victory over Andy Ruiz Jr. in a rematch in Saudi Arabia back in December and now has his sights set on a clash with the victor.

Watford man Joshua must first take on Kubrat Pulev, his IBF mandatory, with Hearn hinting that the finer details of that clash will be revealed sooner rather than later.

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And in an interview with talkSPORT, Hearn says that a fight between ‘AJ’ and either Fury, 31, or 34-year-old ‘Bronze Bomber’ Wilder must happen before the trio hang up their gloves.

“The winner has to fight Anthony Joshua, there's no doubt about it,” he said. "Fury is talking a brilliant game for this fight and he's an excellent self-promoter. The fact is, we have made offers to Fury and Wilder of 60 per cent to 40 per cent way before they were as relevant as they are now and they both turned it down.”

Hearn stated that Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium, as well as Arsenal’s Emirates, are potential settings for Joshua’s London homecoming.

“We have been actively trying to make this fight [with Wilder and/or Fury],” he added. “We've been around the houses, it's been talked about for ages.

“60-40 [is what we offered] to both and they wanted 50-50. Maybe we will have to make that offer next, but there's no point talking about a deal until that fight is over –– but when that fight is over we have got to get it made.”

It is understood that there is a clause in the fight contract between Wilder and Fury –– which is also for the vacant Ring Magazine heavyweight title –– that a third fight will take place later in the year.

"We believe Joshua is the best fighter in the world, Fury believes he's the best in the world, Wilder believes it as well,” said Hearn. “Everybody has got their opinions but the proof is in the pudding.

"Wilder vs. Fury doesn't tell you who the best heavyweight in the world is, the winner of that fight against AJ tells you who the best heavyweight in the world is and we have to see it.”

Wilder vs. Fury II will air in the UK on BT Sport Box Office at a price of £24.95.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Jax teller on 02-21-2020

[QUOTE=deathofaclown;20402772]Don’t lie. AJ has become the joke of the nation since he got flattened by an obese midget. Fury is the nations hero now. He’s in the same category as Roger Black, John Lennon, Peter Kay, Sir Rod Stewart, Vanessa…

Comment by Mooshashi on 02-20-2020

Will Hearn even be allowed in Las Vegas for the big fight?

Comment by deathofaclown on 02-20-2020

[QUOTE=Jax teller;20402677]Did Fury give you his leftover stash when he came back or something because what you say doesn't match reality. Most people I know knew the AJ fighting was happening and not a single one wanted him to lose.…

Comment by Jax teller on 02-20-2020

[QUOTE=deathofaclown;20399765]That’s because people were wondering if a fat guy would turn him into a meme again. It wasn’t buys of support. It’s when the whole nation used to tune in towards Eddie The Eagle do the Ski Jump AJ was…

Comment by Fanofreason on 02-20-2020

Fight isn’t 50-50. US views is where the sponsor money is at. And with AJ on Dazn his viewership has gone down in the States. AJ can take 40% or no fight. That’s what’s the numbers show.

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