Eddie Hearn is confident of Anthony Joshua’s chances in a heavyweight title unification fight against Tyson Fury, insisting the Olympian is more than capable of beating the newly-crowned WBC heavyweight champion at his own game. Fight fans across the globe are currently debating who would win a bout between the Brits following Fury’s monumental victory over Deontay Wilder last weekend.
Fury ended the American’s five-year reign as WBC champion with a thrilling performance at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, winning the contest via seventh-round TKO.
The lineal heavyweight champion outboxed Wilder from the outset and eventually inflicted so much damage on 34-year-old that his corner eventually threw in the towel.
The crafty footwork and feints Fury utilised to batter Wilder from pillar to post have set chins wagging in the boxing world, with many wondering if Joshua would similarly be bamboozled by them.
Hearn is confident Joshua wouldn’t suffer the same fate as ‘The Bronze Bomber’, who is set to exercise a trilogy fight clause in his contract to rematch Fury.
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Joshua’s too strong, he’s too sharp and he’s too good.
Eddie Hearn a potential heavyweight title unification fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury
In fact, the Matchroom Boxing chief firmly believes ‘AJ’ is capable of outboxing the notoriously elusive ‘Gypsy King’.
“You box him, you fight him, you fight him on the inside,” Hearn told Seconds Out when asked how Joshua would beat Fury. “You know what he’s going to do, you know he’s got the ability to do whatever he wants.
“He won’t walk Joshua down like he did to Wilder, he won’t, Joshua’s too strong, he’s too sharp and he’s too good. He’s [Joshua] not just waiting for this big right hand over the top.
“He’s got left hooks, he’s got uppercuts, he can fight to the body, he can fight on the inside, he can fight long.
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“And Fury knows that, Fury will fight the fight against AJ that he boxed against Wladimir Klitschko.
“I don’t believe AJ loses that fight but right now, the bookmakers say AJ is the underdog in that fight and I love it.
“I’d rather be the underdog in that fight because when he wins he’s going to get all the credit in the world.
“It’s the first time he’s been the underdog in a fight in his whole career.
“The [Andy Ruiz rematch, even the Wladimir Klitschko fight, he was a slight narrow favourite in the fight, now he’s got that underdog mentality, he loves it, he wants this fight bad, and we’ll get it, 100 per cent.”
Joshua vs Fury is unlikely to come to fruition this year as the former is set to defend his unified titles against Kubrat Pulev in June and Wilder intends to have a rubber match with the latter.
Hearn, like many others, is desperate to see the pair throw down this year and insists he’ll do everything in his power to make the fight happen.
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.
“My only worry is how far and how long Wilder has to sit out before he’s ready to fight again. 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.
“This will be a historic moment for our country and the sport of boxing. 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.”
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