Eddie Hearn has warned Deontay Wilder he’s out of the picture if he fails to beat Tyson Fury in their trilogy fight and there’s no chance he’ll take on the winner of Anthony Joshua vs Fury.
Wilder was reportedly considering stepping aside for Fury to fight AJ so long as he was heavily compensated and was guaranteed to face the winner of the all-British heavyweight bout.
Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, poured cold water on reports claiming Wilder was willing to move out of the way for the two Brits to get it on and insists he is not willing to sign up to any deal involving Wilder being in line to face Fury or Joshua after their encounter.
And Hearn insists Wilder ‘is done’ if he fails to avenge his recent defeat to “The Gypsy King”.
‘I think Bob Arum said in an interview at the weekend where he said he doesn’t know where this number [$10million] has come from,’ Hearn told IFLTV.
‘He’s said in interviews he won’t step aside and with everything happening in terms of the uncertainty over the future of the world, let alone boxing, he’s not going to want to step aside.
‘We also don’t want to enter into a deal where we say, “Oh when we beat Tyson Fury, we have to face Deontay Wilder and he has to get 40%”. Deontay Wilder is out. He’s done.
‘He’s just a voluntary challenger. We want a clean slate when we enter into a deal. Whether it’s a one-fight deal with Tyson or a two-fight deal but when AJ beats Tyson Fury we don’t want an obligation to fight Deontay Wilder. What’s he got to do with it?