Eddie Hearn estimates Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury date as Deontay Wilder worry identified

Eddie Hearn believes a heavyweight title unification fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury could take place in December. Boxing fans across the globe are desperate to see the Brit’s go toe-to-toe with one another following Fury’s emphatic victory over Deontay Wilder last weekend, which saw him claim the WBC heavyweight title.

Fury registered a seventh-round TKO victory over the Wilder, which came courtesy of the American’s corner throwing in the towel, to become a two-time heavyweight champion.

Joshua vs Fury would arguably be the biggest fight in the history of British boxing, though it would likely take place on American soil.

Hearn is desperate to make the fight happen and believes it could very well come to fruition in December.

When asked by ESPN’s Ariel Helwani to give a true or false response to Joshua vs Fury happening this year, he said: “True. Because even if Wilder rematches Fury, we want to make that fight for December.”

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We want to make that fight for December.

Eddie Hearn on a potential fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder

There’s currently one major roadblock preventing Joshua vs Fury being made: The trilogy fight clause placed in Wilder’s contract to rematch ‘The Gypsy King’.

Wilder has until March 23 to activate that rubber match clause, and has revealed he intends to do just that.

‘The Bronze Bomber’, however, could be on the sidelines for the foreseeable future due to an imminent medical suspension from the Nevada State Athletic, which he’ll receive due to the cuts he suffered to his lip and right ear.

“My only worry is how far and how long Wilder has to sit out before he’s ready to fight again,” Hearn said.


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“We don’t know about the ear injury, the leg injury he had going into the fight, it looked like his mouth was pretty busted up as well.

“I’m sure he’ll get a suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission and time out of the ring. But for me, honestly, I will do everything I can to make that fight.”

The eyes of the entire combat sports world would be firmly on whichever venue lands Joshua vs Fury, a fight Hearn believes needs to be made for both fighters’ legacies.

“This will be a historic moment for our country and the sport of boxing,” the Matchroom Boxing chief said. “Where two British heavyweights get the chance to prove who is the king.

“And right now, it’s between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury to decide who is the best heavyweight in the world. And I back our man all day long.”

Fury’s schooling of Wilder blew away Hearn, who admits ‘AJ’ would enter a bout with the lineal heavyweight champion as an underdog.

During an interview with Sky Sports, Hearn said: “I said to AJ last night: ‘The great thing about this is, you’re going into the fight as the underdog.’ Very rarely will you see AJ go into any fight as the underdog but this time, you look at the betting markets, AJ is the underdog against Tyson Fury. Perfect – just how we want it.

“We believe we’ve got the man who can be the undisputed heavyweight world champion. Tyson Fury believes he can beat Anthony Joshua. Only one way to find out – let’s make it happen.”

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