Hearn Willing To Wait To 2021 For Immediate Joshua-Fury Fight
Recently, there has been a rumor that Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury could end up facing off against one another to become undisputed heavyweight champion. The scheduled opponents for those two in Deontay Wilder and Kubrat Pulev are against the idea. When it comes to the planning of it, Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn has an idea of where he wants to go with the future bout.
Speaking with Sky Sports, Hearn discussed the situation that would take place whenever an agreement is made between Joshua and Fury.
“It would probably be a two-fight deal,” Hearn stated. “Any deal between Fury and AJ, you run it twice. It is not a condition of the deal but it was in their deal with Deontay Wilder, and it is the biggest fight in boxing, so it is likely you will see that twice.”
Pulev and Joshua are set to fight one another sometime in the summer. Originally for June, the bout was postponed due to the coronavirus. The challenger for Joshua’s (23-1) IBF, WBA, and WBO Heavyweight Titles made it a point to say that the contract between the two is signed and official. Wilder, who lost a rematch to Fury (30-0-1) in February, has exercised his rematch clause. The bout is rumored for November or December.
Coming up with the fact that Joshua will only be fighting once this year, Hearn believes that next year would be the ideal time to put on the undisputed fight. Regarding that, Hearn is OK with the idea.
“I had a conversation [on Thursday] saying: ‘Wilder is not stepping aside, we will take care of that fight, you take care of the Pulev fight, but let’s get a deal done for 2021’. We have no problem signing now to fight Fury in 2021,” Hearn went on to say.
There may be some further hurdles besides the coronavirus. Interim WBC Heavyweight Champion Dillian Whyte is the mandatory challenger for Fury and the WBC Heavyweight Title. Pulev is the mandatory challenger for Joshua’s belts. Hearn is trying to put on events with fans, especially if Joshua fights. With Pulev wanting the fight to continue, Hearn must look for an ideal location to stage it in, in order to get it done with.
“We have had a number of approaches from the Middle East, China, and Croatia to stage the fight. We want to give ourselves every opportunity to stage it in the UK but we know it may not be possible,” Hearn said.
“We want the mandatory defense boxed off, out of the way, before he moves into the undisputed fight next year.”