Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has laughed off the recent conspiracy theory which claims Tyson Fury tampered with his gloves during last week’s win over Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas.
After the American suffered the first defeat of his pro career, his fans clamoured to find a reason for the pummelling and have bizarrely alleged that Fury’s hands were not fully inside his gloves.
In a series of videos circulating on social media, clips from both fights allege that Fury’s gloves were ‘flapping’ when they connected with Wilder’s face.
Fury’s cutman, Jacob ‘Stitch’ Duran, has already slammed the conspiracy theories and now Hearn says he doesn’t see what possible benefit Fury could gain from it.
Asked about the theories in an interview with Boxing Social, Hearn said sarcastically before laughing: ‘I think he used an illegal glove… not!
‘Dunno really, bit weird. But if you’ve got your hand halfway in a glove, what benefit is that actually going to give you? You’re not going to punch them with the front bit.’
Put to Hearn that there is less padding lower down the glove, he continued: ‘But only if you hit someone there, he’s actually wafting the glove. I have no idea.
‘It’s up there with the suit, the heavy suit. I think you should ask Tyson Fury.’
Stitch Duran was livid with the rumours, telling Boxing Social: ‘I’ll give you the facts, the Nevada State Athletic Commission is one of the best commission in the world. They handle the gloves until it’s time to put them on.
‘There was no tampering whatsoever, I was there. It’s just a big myth. Dispel those myths and rumours, it didn’t happen.’
Hearn, meanwhile, confirmed that a deal for Anthony Joshua to fight Kubrat Pulev in June at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium is all but done, with an official announcement coming next week.
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