Eddie Hearn has told Deontay Wilder to RETIRE if he does not fight Tyson Fury for a third time because his ‘bum’s gone’.
The Matchroom Boxing chief also revealed Anthony Joshua has not yet agreed a deal to face Kubrat Pulev at this exact moment in time, opening the door to an undisputed heavyweight title fight later this year.
Fury dethroned the ‘Bronze Bomber’ in scintillating style in February to take the WBC and Ring Magazine heavyweight titles back to Britain.
Eddie Hearn had strong words for both Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder
Immediately, the conversation turned to a unification fight with WBO, WBA and IBF title holder Joshua to determine which Brit was the best heavyweight of the current era.
Yet, as is so often the case, pugilistic politics intervened and appeared to delay the bout until 2021.
Joshua must face IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev, while Wilder recovered from the weight of his ring-walk costume to invoke an immediate rematch clause and schedule talks for a trilogy fight.
But with the ‘Gypsy King’ adamant he wants to face Joshua to assert his dominance over the heavyweight division, Hearn has admitted the fight may not be as far away as fans first feared.
Fury wrenched the WBC heavyweight title from Wilder’s grasp in February
“I am the only one that has put this in writing that the deal is agreed,” said Hearn to IFL TV on the Joshua vs. Fury deal for 2021. “So I have already written to their team saying, ‘Just to let you know, we have agreed to the following deal,’ which is agreed.
“I didn’t actually get a reply, but I believe because they do want the fight. So we’re ready for the fight. I saw the comments about December. It’s all very well saying, ‘Well, if that doesn’t happen in December, I’ll fight you now.’
“We will fight you in December. If the world is ready for that fight, and these offers that are coming in are legit for that period in December, then we don’t have a problem going into that fight.
“But he’s [Fury] under contract for another fight. No, we’re not under contract yet, but we have to agree to terms with Pulev now. We probably will,” said Hearn.
Joshua and Pulev were scheduled to meet in 2017 and then again in June
“Fury doesn’t want to get out of his contract for the trilogy match with Wilder. Why would he? Next to a fight with Joshua, it’s the best money Fury can make, and it’s a match that will help increase his popularity in the U.S.
“We’re [Joshua] probably a lot freer to take the fight in December than he [Fury] is,” said Hearn. “Whether that is to goad us or to challenge us, we accept that challenge to fight in December if you don’t have to fight Deontay Wilder.
“But you do have to fight Deontay Wilder.
“If Deontay Wilder doesn’t take that rematch, he should retire from boxing. What’s the point? You’ve been a world heavyweight champion, and now you’ve lost and your bum’s gone.
Eddie Hearn offers an update on where Anthony Joshua's fight with Kubrat Pulev will be held
“You’ve bottled the rematch, and he won’t. He’s got more about him than that. But he’s worryingly quiet, isn’t he? But we don’t have a problem going into the fight now [with Fury],” said Hearn.
“I just don’t believe one, that the world is geared up for that fight, and two, that he [Fury] can get out of the contract [with Wilder] that he’s in. In terms of AJ wanting the Fury fight.”