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Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder in 2018 was a scam, claims Shelly Finkel

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Shelly Finkel: Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder in 2018 was a scam
Eddie Hearn has been singled out by Deontay Wilders team (Picture: Getty)

Shelly Finkel believes Eddie Hearn never had any intention of pitting Anthony Joshua against Deontay Wilder in 2018.

Wilders adviser aimed some fire at the Matchroom promoter, insisting all the negotiations between both camps was a scam.

Joshuas team and Wilders went back and forth over email for months about a potential unification fight in September, before AJ was ordered to face his mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin.

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Wilder was enraged by Joshua pulling the plug on talks and has accused his heavyweight rival of dodging him and conning the public.

Finkel too thinks the fight was never going to happen, but places blame at the feet of Hearn rather than Joshua.

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It was a total scam. They had no intention of fighting Deontay next and thats fine, just say it, Finkel told FightHype.

Shelly Finkel: Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder in 2018 was a scam
Anthony Joshua wants to fight Wilder in April (Picture: Getty)

Dont waste everyones time, dont try and make Deontay look like the guy ducking out of a fight or anything.

Just say it I want to Povetkin next and Im not fighting anyone else next and after that I can fight.

He admits it that it was a total scam here. He had a two-fight deal with Wembley.

Shelly Finkel: Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder in 2018 was a scam
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Shelly Finkel: Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder in 2018 was a scam
Shelly Finkel blames Hearn for talks collapsing (Picture: Getty)

Joshua will now take on Povetkin at Wembley in September, while Wilder has insisted he will not sign any contract to fight AJ that is not a 50/50 purse split.

Wilders team are adamant their terms have changed, while Finkel has rejected Hearns claim they missed their window for a fight in 2018.

He said: We were never told the WBA is pressing me, youve got to give me an answer. If you want a deal done, you do that. You say, hey Shelly I cant wait until Friday, I gotta have this back by Monday late or Im going to lose the WBA [title].

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Shelly Finkel: Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder in 2018 was a scam
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So he gets Gilberto Mendoza to send a letter that you got to tell us by tomorrow. Very funny, on Sunday I send him a letter, 12 hours later there is a letter by Mendoza. Coincidence.

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He never said hey Shelly Ive only got 24 hours, if you really want the fight get it to me. He never said look we can do Sept. 22nd at Wembley.

He never said youre right it should be a two-match thing but they would both have to be at Wembley. None of that. He didnt want the fight.

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