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By July 25, 2019
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  • Hearn promises Fury-Joshua fight, but fears Wilder rematch first Hearn promises Fury-Joshua fight, but fears Wilder rematch first

    Eddie Hearn has promised to set up an all-British heavyweight showdown between world champions Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, but expects the bout to be delayed due to Deontay Wilder's rematch clause.

    Fury captured the WBC belt in Las Vegas on Saturday with a seventh-round stoppage of Wilder and attention immediately turned to a unification bout with Joshua.

    The WBA, WBO and IBF titles all belong to Joshua after he avenged his shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. with a points win in Saudi Arabia in December and Hearn has said Fury is the man his fighter wants next.

    When Wilder was the WBC champion, a fight with Joshua proved too complicated to arrange, yet Hearn sees no issue now Fury is the belt-holder.

    "I spoke to Top Rank and I spoke to MTK straight after the [Fury-Wilder] fight," Hearn told Sky Sports.

    "Everybody's very clear on this, everybody wants this fight. Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury, MTK, Top Rank, [Fury's promoter] Frank Warren, Matchroom.

    "There's some hurdles to overcome but nothing too much. I promise you this fight will happen."

    He added: "You will get this fight. We will do everything that it takes to make this fight.

    "Last time you had us and you had Team Wilder and we were locking heads. Right now you have two guys and two camps that genuinely want this fight, that genuinely will do everything they can. It is the only fight.

    "We'd be clowns, idiots if we didn't make this fight."

    Yet the possibility of that heavyweight clash occurring next appears highly unlikely as Wilder can exercise his right to a rematch and a third fight with Fury, the first ending in a draw in 2018. 

    Fury's promoter Frank Warren has already indicated he is expecting Wilder to want a trilogy fight with his boxer and Hearn admitted he would do likewise if he was part of the American's team.

    "I don't want him to take the rematch but if you're asking me honestly, you have to take the rematch," added Hearn.

    "If you don't take the rematch now, do you ever get your shot? Right now my money is on Wilder to rematch Tyson Fury.

    "It's the timing, we don't mind waiting for the Fury fight until November, December but it must happen this year."

    Hearn also revealed there are already firmed-up contingency plans in place for Joshua's next fight should Fury and Wilder meet in the ring again.

    In that instance, IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev will fight Joshua at Premier League side Tottenham's stadium on June 20.

    "We have an agreement in principle with Team Pulev," Hearn said.

    "We're very close to a deal now with Spurs. That is our stadium of choice."

  • Mayweather: Wilder 'still a winner in my eyes' Mayweather: Wilder 'still a winner in my eyes'

    Floyd Mayweather described Deontay Wilder as "still a winner in my eyes" despite the American losing his WBC world heavyweight title to Tyson Fury in Las Vegas on Saturday.

    Wilder suffered the first loss of his 44-fight professional career at the MGM Grand when his corner threw in the towel in the seventh round as Fury captured the strap he had held since 2015.

    The 34-year-old knocked Fury down twice in their original fight, which ended in a draw, but he was dominated by the Briton in the rematch.

    Mayweather, a former world champion at five weight classes, never tasted defeat in 50 fights yet he showed his support to Wilder in a social media post.

    "Win, Lose or Draw.... Deontay @BronzeBomber is our brother that has accomplished many triumphs and as a community we should all uplift and support him throughout it all," Mayweather wrote on Instagram.

    "No matter what, you're still a winner in my eyes, King!"

    Wilder could yet face Fury in a third match if he decides to invoke a rematch clause written into the original contract.

  • Tyson Fury has 'the best story in boxing history' says thrilled ex-trainer Davison Tyson Fury has 'the best story in boxing history' says thrilled ex-trainer Davison

    Tyson Fury's sensational return to heavyweight champion glory is "the best story in boxing history", according to his former trainer Ben Davison.

    The 'Gypsy King' became a two-time heavyweight champion of the world with a devastating seventh-round TKO of Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas to prise away the American's WBC belt.

    It marks the culmination of a sensational climb back to the top for Fury, who has spoken openly about his battles with depression and cocaine use after dethroning Wladimir Klitschko to win the WBA, WBO and IBF belts in November 2015.

    "It's the best story in boxing history," Davison told The Athletic. "I'm over the moon. 

    "It couldn't happen to a better man. I wanted to see him do it. Not being able to be there and not working, I get very anxious. Tyson made it a lot easier on me by fighting the way he did."

    Fury's decision to cease work with Davison, who had helped the Briton shed weight and return to elite boxing following the tumultuous times that followed his first title triumph, just two months prior to the fight caught many off guard.

    One of the most surprising aspects of the bout with Wilder – which took place 14 months on from a contentious Los Angeles draw in their first fight – was the aggressive approach taken by Fury, who delivered on his promise of a knockout having floored his opponent in the third and fifth rounds.

    Speaking afterwards, Fury praised the work done by Davison but felt he had proven a point with a different game plan executed under the tutelage of Javan 'SugarHill' Steward and Andy Lee.

    Davison himself felt Fury showed elements of all the trainers he has worked with throughout his career and that the unbeaten champion proved himself as one of the all-time greats.

    "From working with him, I obviously know Tyson's a versatile fighter," Davison added. 

    "But for him to be able to be that versatile really did surprise me. I didn't think it would end by stoppage, or be as emphatic as that. It shocked me in complete honesty, and I'm sure Tyson shocked himself.

    "A lot of people played their part in helping him get back to where he's got to. I've always said the credit always has to go to the fighter. Now, he will always be named as one of the all-time heavyweights.

    "What I saw was that he's worked with his uncle Hughie, then his uncle Peter, then with myself, and now 'SugarHill' and Andy. 

    "He's taken a little bit from everybody, with Andy and 'Sugar' putting together the final pieces of the puzzle for this fight. They've done a fantastic job.

    "That was the difference: That Tyson's collected that information, and had those experiences - seeing lots of different people and using all of what he's gained from everybody to put it into play tonight."

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