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Frank Warren Accuses Eddie Hearn & Anthony Joshua Of Dodging Quality Opponents

Frank Warren Accuses Eddie Hearn & Anthony Joshua Of Dodging Quality Opponents

Tyson Fury promoter Frank Warren has accused Barry and Eddie Hearn of stopping Anthony Joshua from facing off against other top heavyweights, as they attempt to extract every bit of value from their prized asset.

Joshua currently boasts a pro record of 22-0, with 21 victories coming via knockout. The vast majority of Joshua's fights have looked like complete mismatches. Whether this is due to his skill or a lack of quality opponents is open to debate, but it does seem that the Englishman has been avoiding a couple of his rivals.

He has yet to face the other pair of top class fighters in his division, with fights against Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder yet to materialise.

While Eddie Hearn had hinted a bout with Wilder could be on the cards for this April, and speaking to ESPN, Frank Warren believes there is no chance of that fight happening:

He [Eddie Hearn] says all these things, but what he says and does are two different things. He said he wanted the fight for Joshua with Wilder last year when there was $80m on the table, but it didn't happen.

Joshua will fight Dillian Whyte, or Jarrell Miller next. We all know that.

We're not complicated, Tyson is the most uncomplicated person you will meet, and he will fight anyone.

He went to Germany to fight Wladimir Klitschko and he went to America to fight Wilder. It's Barry and Eddie Hearn's agenda that complicates it. Joshua is their cash cow and they want to keep milking it.

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Tyson Fury and Wilder fought out a controversial draw last month, with many claiming the 'Gypsy King' was robbed of a well deserved victory. Warren revealed the pair are now close to agreeing to a rematch, which will once again take place in the USA, most likely in Las Vegas before the end of June.

We're trying to make that fight at the moment, everyone wants the fight and most importantly the fighters want it.

The venue is looking like the US, that's where the money is. Tyson was disappointed with the judging with the last fight, as was I, so a lot of things need to be sorted but the US is where they want it, probably in the second quarter.

Vegas would be one of the options. I wouldn't want to go back to California, I didn't like working with the Californian commission and there were a lot of things we didn't like there.

'Tyson is already in the gym working hard, ticking over, and I think we would get it [the fight versus Wilder] before June.

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