Simon Jordan suggests Hearn ‘knockout fear’ behind AJ vs Fury collapse

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Simon Jordan has questioned whether Eddie Hearn is the reason behind the collapse of Anthony Joshua versus Tyson Fury after the Gypsy King’s self-imposed pass on Monday afternoon at 5pm. The WBC heavyweight champion told AJ and his camp that he would be moving onto Manuel Charr should they fail to put pen to paper for the December 3 clash in Cardiff with Fury now prepared to snub his long-term rival and leave him out in the cold.

Joshua has already declared that he accepts all terms and that he’s ready to sign the deal, which he claims is with his legal team.

Meanwhile, Matchroom Boxing chief Hearn held a meeting with Queensbury Promotions on Monday to try and thrash out the final elements of the deal.

Nonetheless, Fury is no longer interested after already allegedly striking a deal with Charr.

Now Jordan has mystically suggested that Hearn might be behind the collapse – because he doesn’t want to see his man stopped by Fury.

Jordan said on talkSPORT: “I wonder if relationships with broadcasters, the monetising of a fighter would be that [the reason the fight isn’t going ahead] maybe if he gets knocked out by Tyson Fury – he goes nowhere, he’s retired, he’s done.

“But people have got contracts with DAZN, long-term relationships with DAZN that Anthony Joshua is a key component of.

“Do you really want these fights? Do you really want to see your fighter go in against Fury and get knocked and then have no ability to monetise him going forward.”

Hearn will strongly refute those claims given he is still trying to make the fight happen – despite the expiry of Fury’s deadline.

He told talkSPORT: “There were various positive calls today between promoters and broadcasters who are all working hard to finalise the fight.

“There has been no talk of a deadline between the parties, but we are moving at pace to try and conclude the deal.”

It’s not often that Hearn is in agreement with rival promoter Frank Warren but he declared that was the case on Twitter on Monday.

Warren had insisted that he was still trying to make Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua following a “good meeting,” before adding the Gypsy King “lost patience” before the deadline.

Hearn tweeted in response to the above: “26.09.22 – I agree with Frank!”

Fury is adamant he is pressing ahead with a fight with Charr with the challenger already training in Cologne, Germany.

The Brit posted on Instagram: “Looking forward to fighting a man who wants to fight and has fire and desire.

“Fought some of the best fighters and now stepping up again. Get in there Charr.”

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