Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn reacts to stunning Tyson Fury win

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Eddie Hearn has praised Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder after their epic fight

Eddie Hearn has praised Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder after their epic fight (Pictures: YouTube/Getty)

Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn claims Deontay Wilder looked ‘petrified’ before his clash with Tyson Fury but has praised both boxers for producing a ‘brilliant fight’ in Las Vegas.

The Gypsy King came back from two knockdowns to stop Wilder in the 11th round of their trilogy fight at the T-Mobile Arena.

Matchroom Boxing chief Hearn says the bout was ‘unbelievable’ and ‘full of drama’, and gave both Fury and Wilder ‘massive credit’ for their part in the heavyweight classic.

‘Listen, it was a brilliant fight,’ Hearn told iFL TV. ‘Technically it was all over the shop but who cares? The drama was unbelievable.

‘Massive credit to both fighters. Wilder looked hypnotised before the fight and after two rounds he almost couldn’t stand up.

‘He started quite well but he looked petrified and exhausted before the fight even started. After three rounds he couldn’t stand up and I thought it was all over.

‘He comes back with the equaliser and Fury goes down twice. It was non-stop and full of drama.

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Fury celebrates his stunning victory over American rival Wilder

Fury celebrates his stunning victory over American rival Wilder (Picture: Reuters)

‘I have to give Fury credit because he dug deep and got the win. It was brilliant for boxing and for the heavyweight division because we need fights like that.

‘I wanted Fury to win. Props to both guys and massive congratulations for Fury because it was a great win.’

Hearn was critical of Wilder and his excuses after he was beaten by Fury in 2020, but the promoter says the American’s credibility has ‘gone through the roof’ following Saturday’s fight.

Despite being dropped in the third round and being bullied for large parts of the fight, Wilder kept swinging and rattled Fury with two fourth-round knockdowns.

Asked where the defeat leaves Wilder, Hearn added: ‘His credibility was on the floor before Saturday. He got absolutely hammered in the last fight and he was full of excuses.

Hearn says Wilder deserves credit for his role in the fight (Picture: Getty)

‘His credibility was shot to pieces. Now I think it’s gone through the roof because although his tank was empty, he stuck in there.

‘In any normal situation, I feel the corner would have pulled him out. But he deserves credit. He’s got bottle.

‘I still think he’s in a good position. Wilder shouldn’t be disheartened because Fury is a brilliant fighter.

‘But I don’t know how much he’s going to want it after that. I just think Fury’s got his number and absolutely terrorised him mentally.’

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