News | Jan 04 2019

If not Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder, who are the contenders to fight Anthony Joshua next

Matchroom's Barry Hearn reckons Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will be making a mistake if they leave it too long to make Anthony Joshua fight
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury  |  Esther Lin/Showtime

ANTHONY JOSHUA’S next fight is unlikely to be Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury.

Barry Hearn, head of Matchroom Sports, expects Wilder to rematch Fury. He insists that Matchroom Boxing, which promotes Joshua and is run by his son Eddie, wants Wilder or Fury for Joshua. But is not hopeful that either will be next.

“Tyson Fury can box but he can’t punch, Deontay Wilder can punch but he can’t box, AJ can punch and he can box. So if I’m looking at protecting my man, making sure he earns the most amount of money with the least amount of risk, I’d take either of those two fights in a heartbeat,” Hearn told Love Sport Radio. “But being the cynical old git that I am, I don’t think they’re going to be knocking our door down because I think they work it out [as] ‘look we can fight each other, we both think we’re going to win (and either of them could win) and then we can fight Joshua for even more money’.