Eddie Hearn explains reason he doesn’t want Anthony Joshua to fight Tyson Fury is because Gypsy King is ‘the most unentertaining fighter I've ever seen’

AJ's promoter says his client will instead pick Deontay Wilder for the fight already booked at Wembley on April 13 – even if the American loses to Fury when they meet later this year.

Speaking after last night's fight in which Joshua downed Alexander Povetkin in the seventh round to defend his IBF, WBO and WBA belts, Hearn said: "I don't want to be disrespectful, but Tyson Fury is the most unentertaining fighter I've ever seen."

Hearn said that the only fight that was exciting in Fury’s career was when he got knocked down and came back to win against Steve Cunningham.

"He's never been in a good fight in his whole career, apart from [Steve] Cunningham, where he got knocked down.

"Deontay Wilder against Anthony Joshua is the biggest fight in world boxing and stylistically it is the most exciting match-up you could possible make in boxing."

Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin scorecards

When Joshua was asked who he would prefer to face out of Wilder and Fury, AJ said he would pick Wilder, even if the American loses to Fury as he is a big name.

He said: “Between me, even if he [Wilder] lost I’ll still fight him. Because he’s a big name and people do want to see it anyway.

“So I’ll still fight him."

Eddie Hearn's father Barry said Wilder already had the contract for April 13 – but raised the prospect of Fury stepping in if the Gypsy King were to win their December fight.

Hearn told BBC Radio 5 live: "We have sent Wilder a signed contract already to fight on 13 April. We will agree terms with Wilder to fight on 13 April if he beats Tyson Fury – if he does not beat Tyson Fury, we have got to look around as we have got a business to run.

"Tyson Fury will not be in a position to fight on 13 April in my opinion. If he is, I would love to see it."

Fury hit out after AJ's spectacular win at Wembley after the heavyweight champion failed to name-check him when asked who he would like to fight next.

In a video on social media he said: "I think it is safe to say that neither Team Joshua or Matchroom will fight the Gypsy King. They mentioned if it is not Wilder, it will be Whyte, but there was no mention of Tyson Fury, the lineal champion of the world.

"It is all right fighting men 39-year-old and half your size. [This] is the best evidence that I am fighting the best heavyweight out there in Deontay Wilder, Joshua is not even close. He is slow, methodical, ponderous at times, powerful yes, but they all are."

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