British boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has jokingly stated that he would quit boxing if the greatly anticipated fight between his fighter Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder went as far as the full 12 rounds.
Joshua’s promoter instead suggested that the British heavyweight champion would ‘spark out’ the American way before that final bell could ever ring.
The Bronze Bomber did, however, see the full distance in his most recent fight with Tyson Fury in what has quickly become one of the most thrilling yet controversial fights in heavyweight history.
The draw may very well trigger a rematch clause between the two giants, which would all-but rule out Wilder for Joshua’s next fight scheduled on April 13 at Wembley.
Dillian Whyte is the overwhelming favourite to fill the vacant position in a rematch itself between two long British rivals.
Hearn admitted that Joshua does not move as quick as Fury and would be a much more accessible target to the wild punches of Wilder.
However, Hearn also believes that Joshua has the punching power to combat Wilder and manage what Fury couldn’t…knocking him down.
“Joshua would be a lot easier to hit but I also think Joshua would take him off his feet and knock him spark out," Hearn emphasised, as per the Daily Mail.
Seeing the funny side of everything, Hearn said: “If that goes 12 rounds, Joshua against Wilder, I'm quitting the sport. Because that's ridiculous, that's not possible.”
Ultimately, though, the major promoter realises the potential of what he believes could be one of the biggest events in boxing history. One which could leave a man headless.
"If Josh fights Tyson, it's going to be the most amazing event, but it's also going to be quite an awkward night. If he fights Wilder it's going to be X-rated because someone's head is getting taken off,” said Hearn
As a direct result of a draw, Wilder retained his WBC title. Hearn suggested that the belts are irrelevant, and that Wilder has no real drive to become a unified champion.
“The WBC thing is totally irrelevant.” he claimed. “It doesn't change anything at all, but Wilder may choose to rematch Fury, it's a big fight. It just all depends how much Wilder wants to be undisputed champion.”
He continued: “'He's always gone on about ‘one face, one champion’ well this is it... we may never get another chance. He may get beaten by Fury, Joshua may get beat. Who knows? But this is the chance for all the belts on the line.”
When asked about the alternative of facing fellow Brit Fury, Hearn claimed that it is more a possibility than probability at the moment and their real focus remains on the American.
“I wouldn't be (surprised) but we want Wilder. That's the difference. I think if it was man on man and there were no belts, nothing, I think Joshua would probably prefer Fury,” he said.
He concluded that Joshua’s ultimate aim is to send them both onto the canvas: “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.”