“There’s a Deontay Wilder Situation”- Eddie Hearn Reveals What’s Stopping Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury

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December 15, 2020 9:10 pm

Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury is considered the biggest bout in the history of heavyweight boxing in the modern era. The unified heavyweight champion of the world, Anthony Joshua, was scheduled to face Tyson Fury soon after his emphatic unanimous decision win over Andy Ruiz in the rematch last year.

However, Kubrat Pulev as the mandatory challenger for the IBF belt halted the epic showdown against Tyson Fury. Now, even that’s done with Joshua emerging victorious with a brutal KO win over the boxing veteran.

Needless to say, boxing fans are eagerly waiting for the hugely anticipated showdown. However, according to boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, there are hurdles.

DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua poses for a photo with the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title belts with Eddie Hearn and Barry Hearn after the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

“I know there’s a Deontay Wilder situation. Some of you guys will know, probably better than me, where that’s up to in terms of the arbitration for that rematch clause. I think, to be honest, that’s the only thing that will stop this fight from happening next.” 

Eddie Hearn mentioned the possibility of former WBC heavyweight champion as a hurdle for Anthony Joshua to take on Tyson Fury for the undisputed crown at the heavyweight division.

Will Anthony Joshua fight Tyson Fury next?

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury signed a rematch clause ahead of their fight back in February this year. Soon after the loss, Wilder made use of the match clause.

However, Fury effectively denied the validity of the rematch clause. He cited that the time has passed, and the rematch clause stands invalid, making him eligible to not fight Deontay Wilder.

“Yeah, there are still hurdles. But I don’t see any major hurdles at all. Unless both guys want to have an argument about who goes first on the post, or who ring walks second.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 22: Tyson Fury knocks down Deontay Wilder in the fifth round during their Heavyweight bout for Wilder’s WBC and Fury’s lineal heavyweight title on February 22, 2020 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

“I don’t see that being an issue, but I really believe it’s going to move swiftly and hopefully we can get something on paper before the end of the year.” 

Both the fighters signed an offer and are expected to take on each other sometime in 2021. Rest assured, the boxing showdown will take place at some point in the future.

 

Nikhil Chauhan

I low-key like Dana White and his decisions, but that doesn't mean I am not a fan of super fights. Always up for a chat related to UFC, I am a passionate filmmaker.

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