News | Sep 26 2018

Frank Warren: Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury wouldn’t have let Anthony Joshua off the hook

Curb your enthusiasm for Anthony Joshua versus Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder happening any time soon, writes John Dennen
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury
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THE heavyweight division is in rude health. Anthony Joshua brought around 80,000 fans into Wembley stadium for a widely viewed pay-per-view, even though his challenger Alexander Povetkin was little known to the general public. His main rivals, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will contest the WBC belt, the only world title that Joshua doesn’t hold, on December 1 in America.

In short this is a good time for heavyweight boxing. But don’t expect to see a unification to confirm an undisputed champion in the division any time soon. Frank Warren, who promotes Fury, doesn’t anticipate the Wilder-Fury winner facing Joshua immediately after their fight, condemning “Eddie Hearn [Joshua’s promoter] bulls*** he put out there to stop the fight from happening. First he keeps banging on about a rematch clause and [that] he’s got to know now. That’s what they’re saying. As they want to announce their fight, it’s a deadline. Last week he was talking about [Dillian] Whyte fighting on December 22. So how is that going to happen then? They’re not going to wait to see whether Whyte won that fight? It’s all bulls***. He’s going to be fighting Whyte on [April] 13. Like I told you he was going to be fighting Povetkin. I said forget all the Wilder stuff, that’s never going to happen. You’ve got to read Barry Hearn’s statement a few weeks. Barry Hearn’s very, very succinct. Barry Hearn said we don’t care whether we fight Wilder in two years or even in 10 years’ time.”

Warren continued, “He’s telling you, no one seems to pick up on it, he’s an accountant, his mentality is he doesn’t want to risk what he feels is his cash cow. That’s it.”