Frank Warren believes rival promoter Eddie Hearn is trying to protect his ‘cash cow’ Anthony Joshua from facing Tyson Fury in hugely anticipated bout between the two British heavyweights
- Promoter Frank Warren has accused Eddie Hearn of protecting Anthony Joshua
- Warren believes Hearn is trying to prevent Joshua from facing Tyson Fury
- A fight between the pair would be the most anticipated in British boxing history
Warren believes that Hearn’s strategy for risking Dillian Whyte against Russia‘s Alexander Povetkin was rooted in the hope of clinching a world heavyweight title challenge by the Brixton Body Snatcher early next year against the December winner of the Fury-Wilder championship trilogy fight.
Thereby stalling the timetable for the Fury v Joshua fight all British boxing fans want to see. That plan was scuttled on Saturday by Povetkin’s sensational fifth round KO of Whyte by Povetkin.
Frank Warren has accused Eddie Hearn of protecting Anthony Joshua from Tyson Fury
Warren said Hearn is trying to protect his star man from a dream matchup with his man Fury
Warren says Hearn hoped Fury would have to face Dillian Whyte if he beat Deontay Wilder
Hearn responded by invoking a rematch clause as early as November to give Whyte a chance of regaining his position as mandatory WBC challenger.
‘I believe that shows how desperate Eddie his to protect his star man and cash cow Joshua from Tyson for as long as possible,’ says Warren, Fury’s UK promoter.
‘I don’t think Eddie and his father Barry want the Fury fight. When I heard Barry saying there were many difficulties still to overcome in making a fight for which we all know a 50-50 split has been agreed, that became even clearer. ‘
Warren added: ‘It is also dangerous to be putting Whyte back in the ring after such a brutal knock out. Especially against a big puncher like Povetkin.
‘The rules prevent him training for at least a month after a concussion and usually six weeks after one this devastating ‘That should keep him resting until the end of October so how can expect to be ready for Povetkin again in November?
Hearn insists that one or even two Wembley Stadium mega-fights for the undisputed world heavyweight championship remains Joshua’s priority.
Both Joshua and Fury have both said publicly they would welcome a fight against each other
That is no doubt true from AJ himself but Warren questions why Hearn was pushing so hard for Whyte to delay that agenda.
He also disputes Hearn’s contention that Whyte will be given an immediate follow up against Fury or Wilder, saying: ‘I’ve spoken with the WBC since Saturday and they confirm that even if Dillian beats Povetkin to regain their interim belt the time scale has changed. The thousand days Whyte says he has been waiting for his WBC shot will not count.
‘If he is reinstated as mandatory challenger, then whoever is their champion will have a year to make the fight.
‘Tyson badly wants to fight Joshua and the pressure on Eddie is growing.’ That intensified somewhat with the appearance of a provocative poster on the wall of the new country home in deepest Essex for East London’s fabled Peacock Gym.
it follows Warren’s proposal that the best of his Queensberry stable and Hearn’s Matchroom boxers should fight each other on a major joint show.
Should the pair fight it would potentially be the biggest fight in British boxing history
The poster shows the two promoters, Fury and Joshua, as well as Daniel Dubois and Whyte face to face.
Before Povetkin rose majestically from two knock downs to obliterate him with one of the all-time great uppercuts Whyte rubbished a suggestion that he should fight Dubois, who says now: ‘I’ve always known I would knock out Dillian. I’m even more certain after watching what Povetkin did to him on Saturday night.
‘If Alexander does him again maybe he’ll have to face me. ‘
Dubois fights Dutch heavyweight Ricardo Snijders in a warm fight this Saturday before his much anticipated British title clash with silver Olympian Joe Joyce which is now scheduled for October 24 at London’s 02.
*Dubois v Snijders will be televised live Saturday night on BT Sports