Eddie Hearn Has An Alternative Fight For Tyson Fury
Heavyweight boxing champions Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder met for the first time in 2018, when they fought for full twelve rounds to a controversial draw. ‘The Gypsy King’ then dominated ‘The Bronze Bomber’ in the rematch earlier this year, until the referee stopped the fight in the seventh round. After which, the former WBC champion activated his rematch clause.
Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3
The trilogy fight was initially expected to take place in July 2020, but it was later postponed to December due to the global coronavirus pandemic. In the meantime, Fury and Anthony Joshua, who holds the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO titles, agreed to fight in early 2021. Should they come through their next title defences against Wilder and Kubrat Pulev, respectfully.
However, renowned boxing promoter Bob Arum recently stated that the third fight between Fury and Wilder may be postponed until next February, if it turns out that Las Vegas is still unable to host events with a live audience in December.
Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte?
In response, Eddie Hearn expressed his dissatisfaction with Arum’s plan, while speaking to iFLTV (transcript by The Mac Life). The Matchroom Boxing CEO believes that Fury vs Wilder should be cancelled, and that his fighter Dillian Whyte should get the next shot against the ‘Gypsy King’, providing he beats Alexander Povetkin on August 22th.
“If he does [move it to February], then I think that fight should be cancelled. I think Dillian Whyte should be enforced immediately as the mandatory for Tyson Fury,” Hearn said. “We’ve already got a deadline by the end of February. Why can’t they do the fight? Yes, we know there’s a pandemic but Joshua’s fighting. All the other major fights are going to take place. So I don’t see how that’s even an argument. If that’s the case, we’ll be pushing hard to make sure that actually — we could do Tyson Fury versus Dillian Whyte now. We’ll do it on pay-per-view.
“Monstrous fight. Does 1.5-2 million buys. Saudi [Arabia]. Here. [You want a gate] but the pay-per-view numbers are huge for that fight. That’s a big fight, why not do that now? But [Whyte] has to beat Povetkin [first].”
Would you rather watch Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte later this year, or wait for Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3 next February?