Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn has admitted what we all knew – the undisputed heavyweight fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury won’t be happening next.
According to the British promoter, the negotiations fell off due to Deontay Wilder winning his civil case and a US arbitration court ruling that he should fight Tyson Fury next.
Addressing the subject, Hearn admitted that the Fury vs. Joshua fight may have been botched, but the latter still has plenty of options and Oleksandr Usyk is one of them.
“I think that fight is quite automatic,” Hearn recently told reporters of Joshua vs, Usyk. “It has been sensible. So as long as everyone is sensible, I think that’s the fight.”
“It’s a very good fight,” the veteran promoter stressed. “It’s not the Tyson Fury fight which is the one we wanted but it’s still a very good fight.”
“I think it was pretty intentional,” Hearn said about the Fury vs. Joshua collapse. “AJ felt that Fury never wanted to fight. I don’t know.”
“I don’t particularly trust people on that side,” he added. “Some people couldn’t let that fight happen. They wanted to keep some kind of control.”