Hearn Is Afraid Of Fury’s Inconsistency
Eddie Hearn, promoter for IBF, IBO, WBA, heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs), knows that Tyson Fury wants a shot at his fighter. The problem is the lack of consistency from the “Gypsy King.”
In a conversation with Boxing Scene about Fury’s constant social media taunts towards Joshua, Hearn was upfront and honest about the controversy surrounding Fury.
“We can’t base our future on a guy as unreliable as Tyson Fury. And by the way – I love Tyson Fury. I think he’s great for the sport of boxing. We’d love to see him back, but he’s overweight, he hasn’t got a license, and he hasn’t boxed in two and a half years – and he’s pulled out of his last two fights. We deal with the reality. We’re all about actions.”
“We’re not bothered about some tweets that you send out saying you’re back – show us you’re back. But, in the meantime we’ll sit down with you now and negotiate the fight for the summer or the winter of 2018. Come back with a win, show the public you’re back so that we don’t feel like we’re wasting our time. We can’t afford to go into a fight, pull out of the fight, delay a fight.”
The plan which could be confirmed as early as this week, is for Joshua to face WBO champion Joseph Parker on March 31st. The fight slated for Principality Stadium in Cardiff Wales, would be the first of a three potential fights for Joshua in 2018. The next target is WBC champion Deontay Wilder, who faces Luis Ortiz on March 3rd.
“We know what we’re doing…. we want Joseph Parker, we want another belt, and then we want Deontay Wilder. If the Fury fight can happen in the meantime, great, and we’re open to that discussion. But show us your action rather than just talking about it. I wouldn’t want Joshua to beat a Tyson Fury that’s come back and he isn’t at his best, because he won’t even get the credit for it,” Hearn said.
“Let’s see you back, let’s show everybody what a great fighter you are, and he is a great fighter. And a fully fit Tyson Fury is a tough fight for Anthony Joshua. We’re up for tough fights. But like I said, we’re all action. You never see Joshua pull out of the fight, wou never see him talk about a fight that he doesn’t deliver in.”