With WBC champion Deontay Wilder apparently on the verge of signing up for a mouthwatering clash with the returning former champ Tyson Fury in Las Vegas in December, Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn was left somewhat perplexed at the latest developments.
For months Hearn and his team have been locked in talks with Wilder's camp as they sought to arrange a unification fight between the WBC champ and the British hero Anthony Joshua, holder of the other major belts on the heavyweight roster.
It has rarely been easy in boxing to organise massive money-spinning bouts as they are usually preceded by tortuous negotiations and often include a myriad of stipulations from ego-fueled camps reluctant to budge an inch in their demands.
This scenario seems to have been played out over the summer with fight fans being the ones to suffer, as for the moment, Wilder and Joshua appear to be heading their separate ways.
Joshua has been ordered to defend his WBA belt against the dangerous Russian Alexander Povetkin, and as he limbers up for their showdown next month at Wembley, the American Wilder has seemingly targeted Fury for a meeting in Las Vegas in December.
Queried as to what he would say to Wilder's face if given the opportunity, a somewhat frustrated looking Hearn responded: "I'd ask him questions.
"I'd say forget the Joshua stuff. I think that's quite straightforward. You accepted the deal. That's the deal. Do you still want it ?
"But I want to know what he's been told he's gonna make for the Fury fight.
"He needs to make double digit millions for that fight. It's a much tougher fight than Chisora. It might be a tougher fight than Whyte.
"He probably sees Fury at the moment as an easy touch. I feel like he'd beat Fury. At the moment."
Some cynics have suggested that Hearn, who offered Wilder millions to fight against Chisora and Whyte, both boxers from his Matchroom stable, in preparation for a mega bout clash with Joshua next April, is merely upset that the American is looking outside of Matchroom for his next fight.
If Wilder and Joshua continue to preserve their unbeaten records in tricky upcoming fights, it will only add to the clamour to see them finally face off in the ring.
Let's hope it will be sooner rather than later.News Now - Sport News