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“Eddie Hearn Failed”: Anthony Joshua vs. Deontay Wilder in Jeopardy Seemingly Due to Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou, Disappointed Fans Express Their Frustration

Published 09/09/2023, 7:15 AM EDT

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The fight between Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua is one a lot of fans are looking forward to. However, it appears that even that fight may end up failing to materialize. Eddie Hearn recently in an interview with Boxing King Media, revealed that the fight could end up being scrapped in the end. Recently, a shifting power dynamic towards the entity staging the Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou bout in Saudi Arabia’s boxing scene has cast doubt on the Joshua vs. Wilder match. The promoter stated that they had agreed to the terms of the fight.

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However, he also pointed out that until everything is signed off, things remain uncertain. Moreover, he also claimed that he has already spoken with Wilder’s manager who too is prepared to take the bout. He added, “It doesn’t just have to happen in Saudi Arabia. There are now other talks about other countries that it could take place in.” Hearn stressed that Joshua won’t indefinitely wait for the Wilder clash, hinting at potential talks with other opponents if a deal doesn’t materialize soon. He even stated that AJ may end up fighting Fury if the situation arises.

When asked about potential alternative opponents, he named “Filip Hrgovic [or] Andy Ruiz.” Hearn stated that the fight would “take place outside of the UK [because] he’s just boxed two fights at the O2 [Arena] in four months.” It appears that the huge crossover bout between Ngannou and Fury ended up inevitably affecting their bout. As the news made its way to X, it quickly caught the fans off-guard.


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Anthony Joshua vs. Deontay Wilder in danger, fans left infuriated

The highly anticipated showdown between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder appears to be in jeopardy, and fans are not holding back their disappointment. Hearn’s recent statement left the fans uncertain about the future of these marquee matchups. One fan pointed fingers at the promoter. He claimed, “Eddie Hearn failed to make the fight when AJ and Deontay were at their peak.. I wont be surprised if the fight collapse…. again”.

Another fan expressed his concerns about the state of the Heavyweight division. He stated, “So at this rate we are never getting AJ v Wilder or Fury v Usyk, or AJ Fury.” He called the Heavyweight division “One of the worst divisions in boxing fights now.”


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Moreover, one fan questioned the choice of location for the fight. He asked, “Must they fight in Saudi? Before the Saudis came into the scene, boxers were fighting.”

One fan claimed that this fight was never going to take place in the first place. He branded the AJ vs. Wilder fight as cursed.

Another fan mocked Joshua and stated, “He’s gonna a fight Usyk for a third time I bet…”


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In conclusion, the unexpected emergence of Tyson Fury vs. Francis Ngannou has cast a doubt on the future of Anthony Joshua vs. Deontay Wilder and other high-profile bouts, leaving fans disappointed and expressing their frustrations on social media.

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Written by:

Chirag Radhyan


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Chirag Radhyan is a Boxing Writer at EssentiallySports. He has authored over 300 articles and loves to talk about the animosity between athletes, leading up to a fight. His coverage of the off-court drama between Jake Paul and Tommy Fury received widespread appreciation from readers.
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Snigdhaa Jaiswal