Eddie Hearn Hopes Tyson Fury Skips Tune-Up To Fight Anthony Joshua
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn is hoping that Tyson Fury ditches a tuneup fight and goes straight to a showdown with Anthony Joshua.
Fury and Joshua are looking to collide at some point in 2021. “The Gypsy King” was looking to return to action on December 5 but he has ditched that plan and will instead fight next year. Joshua will put his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO Titles on the line against Kubrat Pulev on December 12.
During an interview with Sky Sports, Hearn shared his belief that Fury would be best served ditching a tuneup fight in favor of going straight into a title unification bout with Joshua.
“Listen, it’s completely over to them. We have the dynamics of the deal in place. I don’t want to hear [from] Fury: ‘No, I’m thinking about fighting in March or April.’ Why? Just go straight into the AJ fight. It’s going to be the same timeframe. [Fury] boxed in February. It’s not like he’s been out and he didn’t box in 2020. Listen, Fury doesn’t want to take a small fight. They couldn’t even get the money together to give him a fight in December, so let’s give him plenty of money. Let’s give him the biggest fight. Fury wants to fight AJ, unquestionably, and AJ wants to fight Fury. It’s no conversation to be had until AJ’s hand is raised on December 12. Once that is made, let’s get it on. Let’s give everyone the fight they want and deserve.”
Initially, Fury was expected to face Deontay Wilder in a trilogy bout. Fury’s team claims Wilder’s rematch clause expired. Queensberry Promotions later worked towards a WBC Heavyweight Title bout between Fury and Agit Kabayel before ditching the December 5 date. There’s no word on if Kabayel will get to fight Fury next year.