Hearn reveals 'funny feeling' Wilder will be forced to pull out of Fury fight

Eddie Hearn has revealed he suspects Deontay Wilder won’t be ‘ready’ to fight Tyson Fury next and wants to pit the WBC champion against Dillian Whyte instead.

Whyte is the mandatory challenger to Fury’s WBC title, but the Gypsy King is contracted to take on Wilder in their trilogy clash in his next fight.

Hearn, who is also Anthony Joshua’s promoter, believes there have been signs that the Bronze Bomber won’t be fit to fight again in 2020.

‘I’m not sure Wilder will be ready this year, I’ve got a funny feeling. So I’d like to see Dillian Whyte jump in and fight Tyson this year,’ he told IFL TV.

‘If Wilder’s not ready, it should be absolutely 100 per cent be made by the WBC.’

‘If Fury fights Whyte, you’re still going to get an undisputed British heavyweight fight because the winner will fight AJ,’ Hearn added.

‘We’re ready to make AJ against Fury now but we’re not ignoring Dillian Whyte must get what he worked hard to get and what he’s been promised, which is a heavyweight world title shot.’

Wilder announced after his fight with Fury was postponed due to coronavirus that he had surgery on his left bicep.

Asked to elaborate on why he thought Wilder wasn’t going to be able to fight this year, Hearn pointed to his recent injury issues as well as the problems presented by the ongoing health crisis.

‘Where are they going to do this fight?,’ he said. ‘We haven’t heard from Wilder for a long, long time.

‘He had an operation? The money isn’t going to be great for this fight because there won’t be any crowd.

‘No one wants to see the fight… I don’t know. All I’m saying is if Wilder’s not ready then Dillian should have that shot straight away.’

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