Hearn confident of avoiding Wilder obstacle

Eddie Hearn says he has been assured that legal issues between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will not hinder an undisputed heavyweight clash with Anthony Joshua this year. 

Following Fury’s comprehensive stoppage win over Wilder in their February 2020 showdown, the American exercised an immediate rematch clause. 

The proposed trilogy bout between the pair was put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic, before Fury’s team claimed they were moving on following the expiration of the contractual clause.

Wilder’s team have since enforced legal action, which is yet to be fully resolved. Hearn, who promotes Joshua, insists that Fury’s team are sure an undisputed heavyweight title fight will not be derailed. 

“That’s a problem and a question really for Top Rank, and Bob Arum,” Hearn told Sky Sports.

“We’ve been assured by them, that’s not going to be an issue in making this fight. I do believe that Deontay Wilder, he was supposed to be fighting in January. Now we’re middle of February, so how much longer is he going to wait? 

“He’s been out of the ring for a year now, and he’s slowly imploding in every single interview that he gives. He should get back in the ring.

“That’s a Fury problem, a Team Fury problem. We’re confident that it won’t impact our fight, or the announcement. I keep saying two weeks (until an announcement). I’m bored of saying it now. People are bored of probably hearing it, but we are finalising the finest details of the contract and hope to make an announcement soon.”