Eddie Hearn Says Anthony Joshua Will Fight Oleksandr Usyk If Tyson Fury Isn’t Available
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn says there is a plan in place if Tyson Fury isn’t available to fight Anthony Joshua.
Joshua and Fury have agreed in principle to two fights. Both men will need to handle business first. Joshua will put his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Titles on the line against Kubrat Pulev on December 12. Fury is expected to defend his WBC gold against Agit Kabayel on December 5 in London.
In the event that Fury is a no-go for a fight with Joshua, Hearn told The Sun that “AJ” would face mandatory WBO Title challenger Oleksandr Usyk.
“AJ wants to fight Usyk. It’s all business, money is important to them but Usyk wants a heavyweight world title. If we can’t make the Fury fight and AJ beats Pulev, he is fighting Usyk one million percent.”
Usyk is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Derek Chisora. It was Usyk’s second bout as a heavyweight. Usyk has been calling for a showdown with Joshua.
Up to this point, Usyk has amassed a pro boxing record of 18-0. He has earned 13 of those victories via knockout. Usyk is the former undisputed Cruiserweight Champion, holding the WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, and WBO gold.