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HEARN: ‘THIS LINEAL THING IS RIDICULOUS’ – NUMBERS FOR #WILDERFURY WERE ‘TERRIBLE’

The priority for WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO champion Anthony Joshua remains a contest with American WBC king Deontay Wilder says Matchroom Promoter Eddie Hearn but also lifted the lid on Joshua’s frustrations of Fury’s claims that he has borrowed his belts after the Manchester man was stripped of his IBF title soon after defeating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 before his eventual relinquishing of the WBO/WBA titles a year later.

Hearn said: “I think if it was man on man and there were no belts, nothing, I think Joshua would probably prefer Fury because there’s always been the ‘oh he was the champ, you won his belts’ and stuff like that.

“So maybe that’s in his head a little bit but he wants to be undisputed.

“Fury beat (Wladimir) Klitschko but this lineal thing is quite ridiculous.

“The lineal championship doesn’t actually exist. It’s a mythical title that people want to use when they don’t have any belts.

“So he’s the man who beat the man, something like that, who failed a drugs test, took two years out and basically refused to train or get in the ring.

“So it’s not Josh’s fault – they were available and he won them but I think in the back of his mind, he wants to do a job on Fury as well.

“He wants to do a job on both of them and he’s going to violently do that.”

Hearn was in talks last week with Wilder’s team about an April 14th date at Wembley stadium but the WBC champion is also in talks with Fury over a rematch

He said: “Wilder may choose to rematch Fury, it’s a big fight. It just all depends how much Wilder wants to be undisputed champion.

“He’s always gone on about “one face, one champion” well this is it. He may get beaten by Fury, Joshua may get beat. Who knows? But this is the chance for all the belts on the line.

“If Joshua fights Wilder it’s going to be X-rated because someone’s head is getting taken off. So it’s very different styles of fights.

“If Wilder would have beaten Fury devastatingly, he would have been a f****** nightmare.

“Everyone thought he lost so he drew and although his stock has gone up because he is well-known, it’s not like he was phenomenal.

“Fury’s stock has gone up. So we’d fight either on April 13.”

Hearn poured cold water on the reported 300,000 buys for the Wilder against Fury fight on US pay-per-view calling it an “absolutely terrible” number.

The Matchroom chief has revealed that their offer to Wilder for April 13 will be a two-fight deal with the second clash in the US.

He added: “The first Wilder fight would be here (UK) and we’d agree to a second Wilder fight in America. That’s the difference this time, we’re saying: “We’ll give you two fights.

“Because last time they accepted one fight with a rematch clause for Joshua so we’re willing to make concessions.”

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