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Hearn trashes Wilder-Fury PPV numbers

Eddie Hearn says the 300,000 buys that the Wilder-Fury PPV did was a terrible number.

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Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn is telling the public that he’s hopeful that he’ll be able to stage an undisputed heavyweight title unification between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, and I suppose one way to do that is to tarnish interest in potential rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.

Speaking to The Independent, Hearn says the the reported figure of roughly 300,000 buys of the Wilder-Fury PPV was an awful number, and not one that he’s impressed with at all.

“To do 300,000 buys is terrible, absolutely terrible. 300,000 is absolutely abysmal. Dillian Whyte against Joseph Parker did more than 300,000 buys in England. I mean we’re talking about across the US.

“You can’t say it’s good. Canelo and Golovkin have just done 1.2 million and they’re middleweights.”

There is, of course, another caveat to this whole Joshua-Wilder thing too, with the WBC recently coming out to say they would approve a rematch between Wilder and Fury. That was widely interpreted as the WBC ‘ordering’ a rematch between the heavyweights, but Hearn says that’s not so.

“The WBC thing is totally irrelevant and shame on any reporter that reported it as “The WBC order a rematch” because they haven’t ordered a rematch.”

Hearn says that in reality all the WBC really said is that they would sanction a rematch between Wilder and Fury, and that if Wilder is serious about wanting to have one unified champion in the division he should put his attention there now. After all, the possibility of Wilder losing to Fury in a potential rematch would negate any undisputed unification with Joshua going forward.

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