Eddie Hearn reveals Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua fight talks have started after Wilder win

Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has made the first phone call to open talks with Tyson Fury about a blockbuster unification bout for later this year.

Fury won the WBC heavyweight belt by brutally battering Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

The American has the option to trigger a trilogy fight, which is expected to be taken up.

However, if Wilder opts against going toe-to-toe with Fury again then Hearn insists Joshua is desperate to take up the offer – and he has already sounded out the possibility.

“[Fury’s] promoted by Bob Arum predominantly,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “Frank Warren is also involved, MTK are his management company. I’ve spoke to Top Rank and I’ve spoke to MTK straight after the fight.

“Everybody is very clear on this. Everybody wants this fight – Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury, MTK, Top Rank, Frank Warren, Matchroom.

“There are some hurdles to overcome on the broadcasting, but nothing too much.

“I promise you this fight will happen. If we have to fight (Kubrat) Pulev, we’ve got to beat Pulev, and if he has to fight Wilder, he’s got to beat Wilder again. Both of those things will happen. Fury will beat Wilder again and Joshua will knock Pulev clean out, despite Bob Arum telling us very differently.

“You will get this fight. We will do everything that it takes to make this fight.

“Last time, you had us and Team Wilder and we were locking heads. Right now, you have two guys and two camps that genuinely want this fight, that genuinely will do everything that they can to make this fight. It is the only fight.


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“When are we ever going to get the chance of two British world heavyweight champions fighting for the undisputed title against each other? It’s never happened before it will never happen again.

“We’d be clowns, we’d be idiots if we didn’t make this fight. We believe we win the fight, they believe they win the fight, so let’s see it.”

Meanwhile, Hearn also lifted the lid on the conversation he had with Joshua which could see his next mandatory fight, against Kubrat Pulev, postponed.

He added: “He [Joshua] phoned me yesterday, we had a good conversation on the phone and his first thing that he said is: ‘how do we make this fight happen?’ I said to him, look firstly this hinges on Wilder.

“If we can go straight into the Fury fight this summer, that is everybody’s preference.

“Kubrat Pulev is also promoted by Top Rank. There is a move to be made there where we make Pulev wait and we can do this undisputed fight in the summer, but we wait on Wilder, because if he exercises the rematch we have no choice but to fight Pulev next and then fight the winner of Wilder against Fury.”

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