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Barry Hearn's tweet about Anthony Joshua rejecting Deontay Wilder's offer

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Anthony Joshua made it adamant in the build-up that he would not be staying up to watch Tyson Fury's comeback against Deontay Wilder.

The IBF, WBO and WBA heavyweight champion declared that the bout in Los Angeles would be on too early in the morning for him.

Speaking at the Range Rover Evoque reveal event, per talkSPORT, Joshua explained: “The fight is on too early in the morning for me, so I’ll be sleeping.

“I enjoy watching the highlights. I’ll watch it in the morning on social media. When I wake up, I like to see who got knocked out.

“It’s a generation thing. We like highlights, so I don’t watch the whole thing.”

Joshua missed an instant classic between the two men most likely to dethrone him in the coming years.

Fury was a deserved winner, but the judges decided on a draw by split decision, most likely due to Wilder's two knockdowns.

It was thought for a while that Joshua was going to be the man who took on Wilder, but the two teams simply couldn't agree on a deal.

Wilder & Fury

And Barry Hearn, father of Joshua's promoter Eddie, may have let some information about the failed deal slip with one of his tweets in reaction to the decision at the Staples Center.

HEARN'S TWEET

https://twitter.com/BarryHearn/status/1069158366876971009

Hearn wrote: "Wow! Hats off to Tyson Fury - great performance. So pleased AJ didn’t accept 50 million to get robbed by us judges!"

So, the $50m offer that Joshua said he couldn't turn down was actually offered by Wilder's team?

Hearn then tried to defend his team's corner with a follow up tweet.

https://twitter.com/BarryHearn/status/1069279654308126722

Hearn responded to one fan by saying: "Their deal (if it was real) was to fight in USA. Not acceptable."

Needless to say, Twitter users were a tad suspicious of Hearn's comments.

BOXING FANS REACT

https://twitter.com/RobHKelly/status/1069182469570772992

https://twitter.com/TBoneIndustries/status/1069194807564734465

https://twitter.com/jdevans141/status/1069177299138957312

https://twitter.com/ryancropper84/status/1069178154487554049

For context, Joshua previously said that if a $50m offer was made, he would simply not be able to turn it down.

Topics:
Deontay Wilder
Anthony Joshua
Tyson Fury
Boxing

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