FRISCO, Texas – Eddie Hearn obviously is much more interested now in matching Anthony Joshua against Tyson Fury than putting together a Joshua-Deontay Wilder fight.
Joshua-Fury would be an enormous event in England, the home country of both heavyweight champions. Fury, who won the WBC belt from Wilder, and Joshua, the IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO champ, would make massive amounts of money if they can continue winning and eventually square off in that domestic showdown somewhere in the United Kingdom.
As huge as Joshua-Fury would be, Hearn still considers Joshua-Wilder a very viable event. After watching Wilder get stopped by Fury in their rematch Saturday night, however, Hearn is more convinced than ever that Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) would brutalize the hard-hitting Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs).
Hearn assessed a long-discussed Joshua-Wilder fight during an interview with BoxingScene.com after a press conference Wednesday at the Omni Frisco Hotel to promote the Mikey Garcia-Jessie Vargas card Saturday night.
“Joshua-Wilder’s still an amazing fight, still very dangerous for Anthony,” Hearn said. “But now, I just think [Joshua] would absolutely butcher him. But again, still a very exciting fight. I just think that whole thing Deontay had, as well as the punch, was that you have to be careful. And Fury just went in and said, ‘I’m not gonna bother being careful and slap you around.’ But Wilder was terrible. Fury was really good, and it was a great game plan. But let’s have it right, and I don’t even like saying it because people are like, ‘You’re not giving Fury the credit,’ but Wilder was terrible from the first round.”
Fury floored Wilder in the third round and again in the fifth round. Wilder lost by technical knockout when his assistant trainer, Mark Breland, threw in the towel in the seventh round at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Wilder told BoxingScene.com and other outlets Monday that he’ll exercise his contractual right for a third fight that could take place as soon as July.
Now that Joshua has avenged his own seventh-round TKO defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr., he is expected to make a mandatory defense of his IBF title against Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev (28-1, 14 KOs) in his next fight. That bout, for which an IBF purse bid has been ordered for Tuesday, likely will take place sometime late in the spring at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, a new soccer venue in London.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.