Eddie Hearn: Deontay Wilder would get spanked by Tyson Fury
By Charles Brun: Deontay Wilder isn’t serious about wanting a fight with Tyson Fury; he’d get spanked by him if they were to battle for a third time, says promoter Eddie Hearn.
The former WBC heavyweight champion Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) is going through mediation to get his contractual rematch with Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) after losing to him by a 7th round knockout in February 2020.
Hearn has no patience or compassion for what Wilder is trying to do getting the rematch with Fury. He feels that Wilder doesn’t have a leg to stand on contractually, and that’s just for a few quid rather than him being truly interested in fighting Fury again.
Hearn is obviously guessing on what Wilder’s true intentions are for wanting to fight Fury again.
By Hearn only viewing it as being about money for Wilder, suggests that he sees the 6’7″ former WBC champion as being without pride. Hearn has seemingly created a cartoon image of Wilder inside his head, and it doesn’t fit the reality of who he is as a person.
“The site agreement is being finalized now,” said Hearn to Boxing Social on the Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury fight. “Next is to do the media tour.
“We’re already talking about the undercard now – that’s how advanced things are right now. The only frustrating thing is the time. When are we going to announce? And we are moving as quickly as we can. Things are looking great.
Hearn says Wilder doesn’t want to fight Fury
“Deontay Wilder is still going and moaning, and Bob Arum assures everybody it’s not going to be an issue in the fight,” said Hearn. “Tyson Fury has signed the fight contract, and we’re finalizing the fight. He’s agreed to the site.
“He’s [Wilder] probably just after a few quid, but he should concentrate on his career and just fight. He doesn’t want to fight Tyson Fury anyway. He’d get spanked. He’s probably looking for a few cheap quid anyway,” said Hearn.
Well, there it is. Hearn sees Wilder’s motives for wanting a trilogy fight to be about him wanting to chase a “few cheap quid.” That’s guesswork on Hearn’s part, and it makes you wonder what gave him that impression that Deontay only cares about money?
If Wilder only cared about money, he would have taken the Anthony Joshua fight when he had the chance to fight for tens of millions.
Hearn not in favor of Holyfield vs. McBride
“I hate it,” said Hearn about the Evander Holyfield vs. Kevin McBride fight that was announced on Friday as part of the June 5th card on Triller headlined by Teofimo Lopez vs. George Kambosos Jr.
“When you talk about what Triller is doing, Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren, I have no problems with it. I think it’s great. Its entertainment. I don’t like the old guys [Holyfield and McBride] fighting.
“When you talk about Commissions. Sometimes Commissions will turn down guys when a fighter is 13-1 against a guy that is 4-9. Then they let a guy that is how old? [Holyfield is 58 and McBride 47]. I feel like why is Mike Tyson fighting?
“Why is Evander Holyfield fighting? Why is Oscar De La Hoya fighting? Because they need the money or they want the money. It’s one of the two. Let’s be honest. It’s not to come back to try and win another world title.
“So I don’t mind that. It’s only my personal opinion. I don’t like to see these old guys fight, especially these guys that have taken a lot of punishment in their career.
“Now is the time that they should put their feet up and enjoy it. Someone at that level should be looking at it and saying, ‘We shouldn’t really be allowing this,'” said Hearn in standing up on his soapbox to argue against old-timers coming back for paydays.
You won’t have too many boxing fans arguing against Hearn about his opinion that fights like Holyfield vs. McBride shouldn’t happen.
These are old guys who have both taken boatloads of punishment during their respective careers. The last thing they need is more punishment.
Besides that, it’s doubtful the Holyfield-McBride exhibition match will add any additional pay-per-view buys to the June 5th Teofimo Lopez vs. George Kambosos Jr fight on Triller PPV.
Daniel Dubois vs. Bogdan Dinu
“I think it’s a good fight for Daniel Dubois,” said Hearn about Dubois’ recently announced fight against Bogdan Dinu on June 5th.
“I’m not sure how that’s for the interim [WBA] title because he [Dubois] just got stopped. Joe Joyce should be. I think Joe Joyce was the WBA Gold champ. And I don’t know what’s happened with that.
“I think Joe Joyce would be absolutely furious because he sat and no one is doing anything for him. Now you got Dubois, who he just stopped, walked into an interim world title fight [with the WBA].
“I think the fight itself is a good fight for Daniel Dubois. I think it’s great to see him back, and yeah, he’ll deal with Dinu. We had him for sparring.
“He fought Jarrell Miller on one of our shows as well. I think he went two rounds. He’s not the best, but it’s the perfect comeback fight for him,” said Hearn.
Interestingly, the World Boxing Association has agreed to put their interim WBA heavyweight title on the line for the June 5th fight between Daniel Dubois and Bogdan Dinu.
The winner of that fight will be mandatory for WBA ‘regular’ champion Trevor Bryan. In theory, we could see the recently stopped Dubois get a title shot faster than the guy that knocked him out in Joe Joyce.
Dave Allen coming out of retirement
“I love Dave,” said Hearn about British heavyweight Dave Allen. “When you look at everything he said after he retired, it would be very difficult to.
“I’m not saying don’t allow him to fight. That’s his prerogative, but I want him to be happy and healthy. I think with everything he went through and all the comments he made about.
“And I don’t think it’s something we could look at, but I wish him all the best. I want him to be happy, and boxing obviously makes him happy.
“And I think he said in his statement, ‘I don’t want any tough fights. I just want to fight four and six rounders.’ Good luck to him. As long as Dave is happy, that’s good news,” said Hearn.
British domestic level heavyweight Dave Allen’s comeback could be short-lived. He’ll do okay as long as he faces journeyman-level fighters, but he’ll lose to one of them shortly. Once that happens, Allen will probably recede into retirement until he’d lured out once again.
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