With Anthony Joshua against Tyson Fury in severe question, Eddie Hearn admits Deontay Wilder’s dread.


With Anthony Joshua against Tyson Fury in severe question, Eddie Hearn admits Deontay Wilder’s dread.

Tyson Fury has been given permission to fight Deontay Wilder a third time before the end of the year.

Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn has expressed his surprise at American judge Daniel Weinstein’s decision that Tyson Fury must face Deontay Wilder for a third time, a situation that has cast doubt on this summer’s highly-anticipated unification bout between the ‘Gypsy King’ and Anthony Joshua. The all-British fight, which is due to take place in Saudi Arabia in mid-August, has been in the works for months, but neither side has given official confirmation.

The winner would become the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis in 1999, but the possibility of a summer event appears to be dwindling.

Fury owes Wilder a third fight, according to a contractual stipulation agreed upon before the pair battled toe-to-toe on two occasions, as decided in a US civil court on Monday evening.

The issue was not supposed to be a major issue in the Joshua fight, but the unexpected ruling appears to have put an end to any hopes of a quick fight.

Hearn, who has been loud about his desire to engineer the fight in recent months, reacted to the news by admitting that both Fury and Joshua would have to wait and see what happens.

On Tuesday afternoon, Hearn told DAZN Boxing, “It was a shock to the system.”

“These talks have been going on for three or four months, and we’ve always been promised that this [Wilder’s court appearance] wouldn’t be an issue. We’ll have to wait and see where they take it now.”

With Fury’s contract potentially extended until at least the end of 2021 as a result of Monday’s decision, Joshua is once again facing a mandatory WBO title defense against Oleksandr Usyk.

The Ukrainian has been projected to fight the Watford-born fighter on several occasions, and if Fury’s trilogy showdown with Wilder goes forward, he may finally get his wish.

Hearn went on to say that if the aforementioned scenario isn’t rectified within the next two days, Usyk will be next in line.

“The only fight we were thinking about was Tyson Fury, and we hope that fight can still happen on August 14th,” said the promoter. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”


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