Eddie Hearn 'lost for words' after Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou and predicts Anthony Joshua would knock Gypsy King out | The Sun

EDDIE HEARN has admitted he was 'lost for words' after watching the Tyson Fury vs Francis Ngannou fight.

The Battle of the Baddest brought the heavyweight boxing champ and the UFC legend together in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Fury laboured to a controversial split decision win, which divided pundits.

While in the third round, the Gypsy King was dropped by his opponent in devastating fashion.

The performance left promoter Hearn unimpressed.

He then called for Fury to take on his fighter, Anthony Joshua.

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“I’m absolutely lost for words. Fury looked like he’d never laced up a pair of gloves before. I thought Ngannou won by two rounds," Hearn said.

“Forget Fury vs Usyk, no-one’s interested, just give us Fury vs Anthony Joshua. AJ will knock Fury out inside six rounds.”

The so-called Battle of Britain has been on the table for some time, and was mooted to finally happen in September of this year.

But AJ reportedly snubbed it in favour of continuing to negotiate a huge pay day by fighting Deontay Wilder in Saudi Arabia later this year.

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Fury co-promoter Frank Warren lambasted Joshua for his decision to turn down a September showdown, although Bob Arum sees the logic behind it.

The 91-year-old told Boxing Social: "Why would he want to fight Tyson Fury now when he can wait for the Saudi money in the winter and fight Wilder?

"This is a business for them."

Meanwhile, Fury's bout with Usyk is also off and could be delayed until as late as February.

Warren confirmed that his fight against Ngannou has probably nudged the four-belt showdown well past Crimbo and toward a bloody Valentine's date.

The hall-of-fame Queensberry promoter said: “It is too soon to talk about what Tyson does right now but the Usyk fight is signed.

“It will go ahead but it will not be on the 23rd. It was crazy for some people to suggest that it could still go ahead on the 23rd.

“He is 35-years-old and has just done a 12-week training camp and has just been in a tough fight.

“He needs a break with his family, he needs to switch off and we will announce the date when we are ready. But the fight is signed. The fight will happen.

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“It will happen early in the new year, late January or February. It will be up to Tyson, it is his body.

“He wasn’t smashed to bits at all but he needs a break.”

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