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Hearn: Fury Looked Poor in Last Fight, Won't Fight Wilder in 2018

By James Gray, courtesy of The Daily Star

TYSON FURY is not ready for a world title fight and needs at least one more contest before facing Deontay Wilder, according to Eddie Hearn.

Fury spent more than two years out of the ring battling self-confessed issues with depression and cocaine use.

But the unbeaten heavyweight is back fighting fit and has been out twice in the last three months, albeit against weak opposition in the form of Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta.

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However, after his second victory he faced off with Wilder in the ring and confirmed that he would fight for the WBC heavyweight world title before the end of the year.

Frank Warren has yet to announce a date or a venue though and rival promoter Hearn, whose prize charge is Anthony Joshua, reckons fans could have to wait until 2019 for Wilder vs Fury.

“No [Fury is] certainly not [ready to fight],” Hearn told BettingPro.com.

“I think he knows that and everyone in boxing knows that and unless he’s getting $20million [£15m] for that fight, I don’t think he’ll take the fight against Wilder to be honest with you.

“I know they’ve said it is happening, there’s no date or venue yet and I think Fury needs one more, he knows that.

“He’s done unbelievably to come back from where he was and he deserves a huge amount of credit but he looked very poor in his last fight, he got booed out of the ring, he’s not an entertaining fighter to watch.

“He’s awkward and tricky which is not great for people to watch but it’s effective as we saw against [Wladimir] Klitschko so I think if he can have a fight or two more, which was always his plan, he’s got a very good chance against the likes of Wilder and Joshua but right now, he stands no chance.

“I think he might have something up his sleeve but I don’t see him getting in the ring this year with Wilder for sure."

Hearn’s WBA, WBO, IBO and IBF champion Joshua is currently preparing for a mandatory defence against Russia’s Alexander Povetkin.

The Matchroom Boxing promoter had tried to make a fight against Wilder that would have unified the heavyweight division but the negotiations fell apart due to disagreements over the venue.

But Hearn still reckons Joshua will be given a serious test at Wembley Stadium on September 22.

“I see this as the toughest fight of his career, not only because Povetkin is No 3 heavyweight in the world, former Olympic gold medallist and world heavyweight champion but because everybody’s looking at what’s next,” Hearn added.

“Joshua said he felt the pressure of that in the [Joseph] Parker fight. Everyone was talking about Wilder and the fight after this rather than focusing on this fight.

“When you look at the world heavyweight independent rankings it’s Joshua, Wilder and Povetkin, so we’re not fighting No 2 but we are fighting No 3 three.”

Povetkin meanwhile has recruited British heavyweight Daniel Dubois as a sparring partner ahead of his 36th professional fight.

The Russian, whose only defeat in the paid ranks came against Wladimir Klitschko, will concede four inches of height when he steps into the ring in London and is hoping the likes of Dubois and Poland’s Izu Ugonoh, both standing at 6ft 5in, can prepare him for the challenge.

Ugonoh said: ”Joshua is a guy who is perfecting his right hand, and that's his big punch.

"I think that's also my strength. I believe that's what they want to have in camp to make sure they are ready for what Joshua is going to bring to the table.

"I consider myself a strong guy. I know Joshua is a tall guy, he's taller than me definitely, but I'm taller than Povetkin, so I'm sure that will be helpful."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Ajvar on 08-31-2018

Hearn will pay step aside money to Fury against facing Wilder.

Comment by Vlad_ on 08-31-2018

The fact that Wilder got tired of Hearn's bullsh[I]i[/I]t and totally skipped him and AJ and went on to make the Tyson Fury fight really made Hearn's anus bleed. He can't shut the f[I]u[/I]ck up about Wilder since. Hearn, go…

Comment by SchoolTheseCats on 08-31-2018

[QUOTE=DramaShow;19062727]People crying in the thread but it seems to be taking long time to be getting finalised officially. I agree with Hearn, it won't happen this year.[/QUOTE] How long did it take Hearn to announce pedvetkin/Joshua after saying the agreed…

Comment by Travycat on 08-31-2018

Look at Eddie trying to plant seeds of doubt in Fury's team's heads! Doesn't like being the bridesmaid in all of this. This could've been Eddie's fight--and I genuinely believe AJ wanted it, but Hearn apparently didn't think he was…

Comment by Real King Kong on 08-31-2018

aj fight povetkin...wilder fight whatever garbage fight he was gonna do before fury stepped in...aj vs wilder in april while fury gets a couple more fights under his belt against decent opposition and then faces the winner of wilder vs…

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