Eddie Hearn has promised to make a fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua a reality, and says it could even happen this summer.
Fury stole Deontay Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title belt on Saturday night after thanks to a TKO win in Las Vegas.
Now, the stage is set perfectly for an all-British heavyweight showdown between Fury and unified rival Joshua, who holds the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO belts.
With boxing fans across the world calling for that fight to happen, Joshua’s promoter Hearn has insisted that he will do “everything” he can to put on what would be one of the biggest boxing matches in history.
“I’ve already spoken to AJ and he wants to go into this fight next,” Hearn declared.
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“We have to make this fight happen. We will never, ever get the chance for two Brits to fight for an undisputed heavyweight world championship.
“I promise you we will do everything we can to make this fight. It has to happen.”
Joshua is expected to face mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev next in June, while Wilder may try to seek a third fight with Fury for a chance to earn his title back.
However, with Top Rank chief Bob Arum representing both Pulev and Fury, Hearn is hopeful that the American promoter could work around those issues to put on a blockbuster showdown between Joshua and Fury.
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“I don’t think anyone wants to see a third fight because it was that conclusive but we will see if he exercises that clause,” Hearn added.
“I probably expect Wilder to do that – I don’t see where else he has to go.
“But our mandatory challenger, Kubrat Pulev, is also promoted by Bob Arum, like Tyson Fury, so there is a very easy manoeuvre there if Wilder doesn’t accept the rematch to go straight into this undisputed fight in the summer. That is what we have to push for initially.
“If Wilder comes back and says ‘no, I’m having my rematch’ then that is due for July or August, and it doesn’t really matter because we fight Pulev at Spurs in June and this fight happens in November/December. But our preference is to go straight into it because if we went straight into it, it would be undisputed.
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“We will never get this opportunity in this sport to do this again with two Brits.
“I’ve already spoken to AJ – he wants to go straight into this fight next. He loves the Tyson fight, he has has zero fear of fighting Tyson Fury.
“He has been through everything already and he wants to be undisputed and this is the chance for our sport to have one of those legacy moments that we will never get the opportunity to have again.”
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