Eddie Hearn: Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury Eclipses All The Belts
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn is weighing the pros and cons of potentially ditching the heavyweight titles to book Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury.
Joshua is the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Champion. Fury holds the WBC gold. Many have been clamoring for a title unification bout as it would determine an undisputed champion in the heavyweight division. The WBO mandatory status could get in the way of the undisputed tag, however.
For Hearn, it’s gotten to the point where ditching the titles to book Joshua vs. Fury is in consideration. Here’s what he told reporters during the final pre-fight press conference for Gennady Golovkin vs. Kamil Szeremeta (h/t BoxingScene.com).
“I obviously work close with Usyk. They are in a strong position as the mandatory challenger. At the same time, we have a fight on our hands—and sorry to the governing bodies—that eclipses all belts. We just got to be a little bit careful.
“You may be on the verge of going, ‘You know what? Let’s just get rid of all the politics right now. Let’s just drop all the belts.’ Because if you give up one belt, you might as well lose them all.”
Joshua is fresh off a successful title defense over Kubrat Pulev. “AJ” scored the ninth-round knockout victory. It was his first bout since avenging his lone career loss to Andy Ruiz.
Fury last competed back in February. He captured the WBC Heavyweight Championship by stopping the previously unbeaten Deontay Wilder. Fury scored the seventh-round TKO.