AJ-Fury* Almost Happened

You read that right, Anthony Joshua nearly faced off with Fury, no not Tyson, but his cousin, Hughie.

Fury, who once challenged Joseph Parker for his world heavyweight title was close a few years ago to signing a fight with Joshua following the latter’s win over Dillian whyte.

“Actually, there was a time around the Anthony Joshua versus Dillian Whyte fight that Hughie was the mandatory for the British title,” Hearn told Sky Sports.

“I never believed that Peter Fury and [promoter] Mick Hennessey wanted the Joshua fight. But now I know them, they did want the fight because I’ve seen them fight Joseph Parker aged 22, and Kubrat Pulev aged 23.”

“Now aged 24 he’s fighting Povetkin, so the guy is fearless. There was a time when the Hughie versus Joshua fight was very close – I just didn’t believe them! Now knowing them, I know they wanted it.”

“We were talking about Hughie fighting somebody else,” Fury’s trainer and father, Peter told Sky Sports. “I can’t remember. Hughie was scheduled to fight somebody else and after that fight, we were going to take the AJ fight.”

“Eddie wanted it, there and then, but we had already given our word to fight somebody else and Hughie was young, and I saw that Hughie needed another fight. I said ‘he’s got this fight in the next couple of months, you are scheduled for AJ to have a fight, let’s fight for the next one,’ but it never transpired, so it never happened.”

Now with former world title challenger Alexander Povetkin standing in-front of them, the Fury clan are down for whatever comes their way.

“Well, I think as history tells you now, it would have been taken,” the eldest Fury maintained. “I’d said we’d take it, and we would have taken it, and if it comes up in the future, or any fight comes up in the future…”

“Get past Povetkin, I’m not interested in bum city, we’re working here seven days a week nearly. Let’s get the world level fights on, he’s at that stage.”

Initial Report: Sky Sports

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