Eddie Hearn says Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury is off

WBC world heavyweight champion Fury called off negotiations with Matchroom, Hearn and Joshua last week after a deadline he set.

Eddie Hearn says Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury is off

Eddie Hearn has claimed that, as far as Matchroom Boxing are concerned, Tyson Fury’s potential fight with Anthony Joshua is off.

Last Monday, Fury claimed that his rival Joshua, and his team, needed to sign the contract by 5pm or a fight in December between the pair was off.

With that deadline, arbitrarily decided by the Gypsy King, having been missed, Fury claimed that the pair would not be fighting and he would move on.

The champion’s own promoter Frank Warren claimed that the fight was not off and that he could still negotiate with rival Hearn to get it on, for December 3rd.

However, now the Matchroom Boxing chief, Hearn, has claimed that as far as he is concerned the fight will not be going ahead, and claimed the contract problems didn’t go from their side.

“Rival promoter blames rival promoter for fight not happening, shock horror,” Hearn told the Matchroom YouTube channel when asked about Bob Arum claiming he didn’t want the fight.

“People surely aren’t thick enough to see Tyson Fury has called two deadlines on this fight and the fight has passed, in Tyson Fury’s deadlines.

“The Monday deadline, which came from nowhere, and we sent our final version of the contract back…we sent our final draft of the contract back to sign. Not we’re not getting back to anyone.

“…Then we get another one on Wednesday, ‘the fight is off unless you sign on Wednesday,’ I said ‘it’s impossible.’

“That deadline passed, I’ve not heard back from Frank Warren. So as far as we’re concerned the fight is off.”

Fury with his world title belts. Image

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Hearn did give some hope by saying that they would still be willing to discuss the fight, and added that he had nothing bad to say about Queensbury Promotions.

He once again reiterated that the problems lay with the deadline and the fact they had been told multiple times that they’d missed the deadline, as had the whole world.

Fury had previously suggested that he would be fighting former WBA (Regular) champion Mahmoud Charr if the mega fight with AJ couldn’t take place.

Chisora and Fury could fight for a third time. Image: Alamy
Chisora and Fury could fight for a third time. Image: Alamy

When the undefeated 34-year-old initially rolled back on the deadline, and gave hope to the AJ fight, Charr then accused his would be opponent of ducking him.

And it seems that even if it’s not Joshua, then Fury won’t be fighting Charr, with Hearn adding that they’ve since received an offer for Dereck Chisora to face the WBC champion.

It will be the third time that the two men have fought each other, with Fury having beaten him in 12 rounds in 2011 and stopped him in 10th round three years later.

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