Eddie Hearn On Fury-Wilder Arbitration Ruling: “It Was A Shock To The System.”

By: Sean Crose "It was a shock to the system," Eddie Hearn says to Matchroom Boxing in response to yesterday's stunning arbitration ruling that Tyson Fury will have to fight Deontay Wilder a third time in September. The ruling means the mega fight that's been agreed to between Fury and Anthony Joshua, Hearn's fighter, for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world, may well be smoldering in ruins. "This negotiation's been going on for three or four months now," says Hearn in the video interview, "and we were always assured that this wouldn't be a problem. It was a very strange decision from the arbitrator, to say the least." Hearn, who is always cool under pressure, says he spoke with Fury co-promoter Bob Arum last night. "I think he was in complete and utter shock," he says, "and I've never really heard him speechless...he was almost shell shocked, I think." Although he's still holding out hope that Fury-Joshua will be a reality in August, Hearn makes it clear he isn't going to be blinded by wishful thinking. "I hope it does," he says of the Fury-Joshua fight going through. "It's what both guys wanted...we still hope the fight can go ahead, but really that's completely out of our hands." Hearn also indicates that team Joshua will be ready to move on. "If his hands are tied," he says of Fury. "We have to look elsewhere." One option is former cruiserweight king Olexandr Usyk, who has moved up to heavyweight and has been waiting for a crack at a world title. "We can't wait around," says Hearn. "We had a deal in place with Tyson Fury, we provided an unbelievable opportunity to him. We were told by his team, Bob Arum, that the arbitration wouldn't be an issue, we could move forward with this fight. They were wrong and that's on them. That's their responsibility. That's now their problem." With that in mind, Arum has subsequently come out and indicated he's actually keen on the third fight with Wilder, if just to get the matter out of the way. This will no doubt come as bad, if not surprising, news to Hearn, who says in the video that "it's just another day. Another day of ups and downs. This is called the boxing business." The problem for fight fans, of course, is that there's now no way of knowing if or when a match for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world will come to fruition. The post Eddie Hearn On Fury-Wilder Arbitration Ruling: “It Was A Shock To The System.” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Eddie Hearn On Fury-Wilder Arbitration Ruling: “It Was A Shock To The System.”

By: Sean Crose

"It was a shock to the system," Eddie Hearn says to Matchroom Boxing in response to yesterday's stunning arbitration ruling that Tyson Fury will have to fight Deontay Wilder a third time in September. The ruling means the mega fight that's been agreed to between Fury and Anthony Joshua, Hearn's fighter, for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world, may well be smoldering in ruins.

"This negotiation's been going on for three or four months now," says Hearn in the video interview, "and we were always assured that this wouldn't be a problem. It was a very strange decision from the arbitrator, to say the least." Hearn, who is always cool under pressure, says he spoke with Fury co-promoter Bob Arum last night. "I think he was in complete and utter shock," he says, "and I've never really heard him speechless...he was almost shell shocked, I think."

Although he's still holding out hope that Fury-Joshua will be a reality in August, Hearn makes it clear he isn't going to be blinded by wishful thinking. "I hope it does," he says of the Fury-Joshua fight going through. "It's what both guys wanted...we still hope the fight can go ahead, but really that's completely out of our hands." Hearn also indicates that team Joshua will be ready to move on. "If his hands are tied," he says of Fury. "We have to look elsewhere."

One option is former cruiserweight king Olexandr Usyk, who has moved up to heavyweight and has been waiting for a crack at a world title. "We can't wait around," says Hearn. "We had a deal in place with Tyson Fury, we provided an unbelievable opportunity to him. We were told by his team, Bob Arum, that the arbitration wouldn't be an issue, we could move forward with this fight. They were wrong and that's on them. That's their responsibility. That's now their problem."

With that in mind, Arum has subsequently come out and indicated he's actually keen on the third fight with Wilder, if just to get the matter out of the way. This will no doubt come as bad, if not surprising, news to Hearn, who says in the video that "it's just another day. Another day of ups and downs. This is called the boxing business." The problem for fight fans, of course, is that there's now no way of knowing if or when a match for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world will come to fruition.

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Bob Arum Targets July 24th For Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder 3: “It’s Better To Get Rid Of Him And Go About Our Business”

By: Hans Themistode Bob Arum was left speechless when it was revealed that former WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, had officially won his legal arbitration. After suffering a seventh-round stoppage defeat at the hands of Tyson Fury in February of 2020, Wilder attempted to enact his mandated rematch. Yet, due to left bicep surgery, as well as the uncertainty of COVID-19, their bout was postponed on several occasions. No longer willing to wait, both Fury and Arum went in another direction. Recently, the British native revealed that an undisputed title fight between himself and unified champion Anthony Joshua was taking place on August 14th. But while Fury, Arum and fellow promoter Eddie Hearn, continued to tell the public that things were going according to plan, Wilder enlisted the help of arbitrator, Daniel Weinstein. Now, with Weinstein officially ruling in Wilder’s favor, Fury has until September 15th to face the former belt holder. Despite the news, it was originally reported that Arum intended to pay Wilder to step aside and guarantee the Alabama native a shot at the winner. With that said, Arum doesn't appear interested in having Fury face Wilder down the road. Instead, he intends on dealing with him. “We’re not paying Wilder to step aside,” said Arum during an interview with ESPN. “It’s better to get rid of him and go about our business. We can make Fury-Joshua fight for November or December.” Unwilling to protract negotiations, Arum has already reserved Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 24th for their third, and presumably final, showdown. As for Joshua, he’ll now be forced to head in another direction. A showdown against WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk appears to be his likely target. The former undisputed cruiserweight champion was deep in negotiations to take on former Olympic Silver medalist, Joe Joyce, while Fury and Joshua took care of their undisputed showdown. The winner of Usyk vs Joyce was originally expected to be awarded the WBO interim title, as well as a mandated shot at the winner. Nevertheless, with Wilder stepping in to face Fury instead, Usyk will likely pursue his title shot against Joshua next. The post Bob Arum Targets July 24th For Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder 3: “It’s Better To Get Rid Of Him And Go About Our Business” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Bob Arum Targets July 24th For Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder 3: “It’s Better To Get Rid Of Him And Go About Our Business”

By: Hans Themistode

Bob Arum was left speechless when it was revealed that former WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, had officially won his legal arbitration.

After suffering a seventh-round stoppage defeat at the hands of Tyson Fury in February of 2020, Wilder attempted to enact his mandated rematch. Yet, due to left bicep surgery, as well as the uncertainty of COVID-19, their bout was postponed on several occasions.

No longer willing to wait, both Fury and Arum went in another direction. Recently, the British native revealed that an undisputed title fight between himself and unified champion Anthony Joshua was taking place on August 14th. But while Fury, Arum and fellow promoter Eddie Hearn, continued to tell the public that things were going according to plan, Wilder enlisted the help of arbitrator, Daniel Weinstein.

Now, with Weinstein officially ruling in Wilder’s favor, Fury has until September 15th to face the former belt holder. Despite the news, it was originally reported that Arum intended to pay Wilder to step aside and guarantee the Alabama native a shot at the winner. With that said, Arum doesn't appear interested in having Fury face Wilder down the road. Instead, he intends on dealing with him.

“We’re not paying Wilder to step aside,” said Arum during an interview with ESPN. “It’s better to get rid of him and go about our business. We can make Fury-Joshua fight for November or December.”

Unwilling to protract negotiations, Arum has already reserved Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 24th for their third, and presumably final, showdown.

As for Joshua, he’ll now be forced to head in another direction. A showdown against WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk appears to be his likely target. The former undisputed cruiserweight champion was deep in negotiations to take on former Olympic Silver medalist, Joe Joyce, while Fury and Joshua took care of their undisputed showdown. The winner of Usyk vs Joyce was originally expected to be awarded the WBO interim title, as well as a mandated shot at the winner.

Nevertheless, with Wilder stepping in to face Fury instead, Usyk will likely pursue his title shot against Joshua next.

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