Hearn: With Fury's Deal, Wilder Should Now Shift Focus To Joshua

Eddie Hearn, who promotes IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, is actually feeling good about Tyson Fury's decision to sign a co-promotional deal with Top Rank.

Top Rank has an exclusive content agreement with ESPN, and that factor has created doubts about a potential rematch with WBC champion Deontay Wilder, who is contractually tied to Premier Boxing Champions. PBC has content agreements with Showtime and Fox Sports.

Wilder and Fury fought last December, on Showtime Pay-Per-View, to a controversial twelve round split draw.


Joshua is scheduled to make his United States debut against undefeated challenger Jarrell Miller at Madison Square Garden on June 1.

Because of the network alliances, Hearn believes a Wilder vs. Fury rematch is now harder to make.

Having said that, Hearn would like to see Wilder take an interim-fight and then go for Joshua - should both boxers win.

"I think it's good news for us, probably in that I think Deontay Wilder should be looking at it and say 'My fight with Fury is unlikely now, so let's get the AJ fight done'. I would like to see Wilder have a fight and then fight the undisputed fight, if Joshua can beat Miller," Hearn told Sky Sports.

"That's what we want. I don't know what's going to happen with ESPN and Fury. He's obviously done a deal that he felt benefitted him financially.
Jarrell 'Big Baby' Miller shoved Joshua before their press conference in New York. He must know it puts the Wilder fight in doubt, maybe he's not bothered about that. We've got to focus on our own business, and that's what we've always tried to do."

"We hope that we go Jarrell Miller, Deontay Wilder for the belt. It's not about Wilder or Fury, it's just about that final belt. He stands one belt away from going down in a history as an undisputed heavyweight world champion. That's what he has to achieve. I'm hoping now that Wilder looks at it and says 'wow, ok, maybe I should get on and make the Joshua fight, so very, very interesting times, and quite possibly anything can happen."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mathed on 02-21-2019

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;19527655]Eddie Hearn, who promotes IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, is actually feeling good about Tyson Fury's decision to sign a co-promotional deal with Top Rank. Top Rank has an exclusive content agreement with ESPN, and that factor…

Comment by SinderellaMan on 02-21-2019

[QUOTE=Dariusz;19529083]I said many times, I don't think with all my sympathy that Kownacki will beat everyone and certainly isn't this world beater, as you said, because he KO'd Washington. No way. He would almost certainly lose to Fury and probably…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 02-21-2019

[QUOTE=P4Pdunny;19529379]can them belts even fit around Millers enlarged waist. He aint going to find out anyway.[/QUOTE]I hope he whips AJ's azz with all 3 belts!

Comment by P4Pdunny on 02-21-2019

[QUOTE=Bronx2245;19527958]Should've shown some respect, and we'd be on Wilder vs. Joshua II. If no Wilder vs. Fury II, I want Wilder vs. Ortiz II. Big Baby gonna take them belts real soon! Let's Get It! [B]BROOKLYN ZOO![/B][/QUOTE] can them belts…

Comment by Dariusz on 02-21-2019

[QUOTE=SinderellaMan;19529068]That's why boxing has knockouts. Cownacki is getting flattened. And he will be the mando this year. The Fury fight was great for Wilder & Fury's obvious abandonment of the rematch signifies that Fury can't do much better but Wilder…

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