Eddie Hearn: Tyson Fury Likely To Fight Usyk-Joshua Winner In December
WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury insists that he’s walking away from the sport, but Eddie Hearn isn’t convinced.
Hearn, Anthony Joshua’s promoter, is one of the people who believe that Fury will stick around for at least an undisputed title fight with the winner of the rematch between current unified champion Oleksandr Usyk and Joshua.
“It’s very easy for Tyson to go back and go, ‘Look, I’m just gonna have some time now. Let me just think about what I’m going to do. ‘I know I said that after the fight, but let me have some time.’ And [the WBC] shouldn’t strip him, of course not. He doesn’t have to retire, he doesn’t have to give [the WBC] a decision when his next fight is just yet. He’s just boxed,” Hearn told IFL TV.
“So everything is done properly, but, of course, we all know he’s not retiring. So I expect to see him fight the winner of Joshua-Usyk in December.”
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman already made it clear that Fury does not have to decide for another year – which is when the next mandatory defense is due.
Sulaiman added that should Fury choose to vacate the title he’s had since 2020, “a series of fights” would happen and go into a final elimination match.
As for the Usyk-Joshua rematch, an official announcement is expected either this week or next week. The date is expected to be July 23 in the Middle East.
Usyk shocked the boxing world when he dethroned Joshua in September for his unified belts. Joshua triggered the rematch clause afterwards.