Eddie Hearn has confirmed that heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua won’t be in attendance for the bout between his rivals Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder billed for Los Angeles, on Saturday.
Fury who’s just returning to the sports after a long lay off will be challenging Wilder for his WBC heavyweight title and the winner is likely to be Joshua’s next opponent in April 2019.
Wilder who is undefeated in his 40 fights with of 39 knockouts has been accused of turning down the prospect of unification bout with Joshua in the past before he agreed to fight Fury.
The Saturday fight between Joshua’s rivals will attract million television viewers all over the world and thousands at the StaplesCentre , but Hearn said Joshua will probably join the television viewers to see the fight, because he’s too busy to be at the ringside.
“No, we won’t [be at the fight],” he told reporters.
“We’ve got our show in Italy on Friday and AJ goes out on Tuesday to film in America with Under Armour. He’ll also be at the Canelo fight with DAZN and he’ll be doing a lot of media stuff around there.
“Will he watch? Probably, yeah.
“I haven’t really spoke to him about the fight that much. He’s just focused on Deontay Wilder.
“If Fury wins and the rematch clause kicks in, we know we’ve gotta move on ourselves, but my instruction is: make that fight [with Wilder].”
Hearn , however, confirmed he will be back on negotiation table with Wilder’s camp, should he see off the challenge of Fury onSaturday.
“As soon as this fight’s over, they haven’t really wanted to speak to me before it, so if Wilder wins, we’ll be on him on Sunday saying: ‘any chance now?’” he said.
“And if they say no again, I don’t know what else we can do.
“They keep wanting to bluff in the public and say: ‘oh we want the fight.’ But they’re not trying to make the fight. This is the crazy thing about it.
“If they’re true to their word, on December 2nd, if they beat Tyson Fury, we will immediately start negotiations and we’ll see where we get to.” he concluded.