‘Let’s make it happen’: Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn insists he WILL finally fight Tyson Fury… and will revel in his position as the underdog
- Eddie Hearn believes Anthony Joshua would be the underdog against Tyson Fury
- Fury put on a boxing masterclass to beat Deontay Wilder on Saturday night
- Fury’s win in Las Vegas has now reignited talk of a all-British unification fight
Eddie Hearn has claimed that Anthony Joshua would be the underdog in a potential unification fight with Tyson Fury – and it’s just what they’d want.
Fury put on a boxing masterclass to dismantle Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas on Saturday and become the WBC heavyweight champion.
The Gypsy King’s emphatic victory inside seven rounds has reignited talk of a potential all-British mega-bout between Fury and Joshua – a fight that needs to happen, according to Hearn.
Eddie Hearn (right) insists Anthony Joshua (left) would be the underdog against Tyson Fury
Fury put on a boxing masterclass to beat Deontay Wilder (right) inside the MGM Grand
Hearn, who represents Joshua, told Sky Sports on Monday morning: ‘It’s a very, very tough fight.’
‘It’s a 50-50 fight between a unified heavyweight champion and the WBC world heavyweight champion.
‘Fury has beaten Klitschko, he’s beaten Wilder. His resume stands now as possibly one of the best in the division.
‘When you look at Joshua’s whole resume as well, it’s looking increasingly impressive. But it’s all irrelevant at the end.
‘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 going into any fight as underdog but this time, when you look at the betting markets, he’s the underdog against Tyson Fury.
Fury picked apart Wilder inside seven rounds to become the WBC heavyweight champion
‘That’s 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. There’s only one way to find out… let’s make it happen.’
Joshua, the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO belt holder, is due to face Kubrat Pulev in June but is ready to sidestep that to make the fight everyone wants and agree to an all-British showdown with Fury.
‘I’ve already spoken to AJ and he wants to go into this fight next,’ Hearn declared to talkSPORT in the aftermath of Fury’s win.
‘We have to make this fight happen. We will never, ever get the chance for two Brits to fight for an undisputed heavyweight world championship.
‘I promise you we will do everything we can to make this fight. It has to happen.’
Wilder now has a 30-day window to take up a rematch option in the bi-lateral agreement with Fury, which would set up a blockbuster trilogy clash in the summer.
Hearn is desperate to make the fight happen despite the odds being in Fury’s favour
Hearn acknowledges that Wilder is highly likely to take up the rematch, given his current lack of high calibre options following the humilation.
‘I don’t think anyone wants to see a third fight because it was that conclusive but we will see if he exercises that clause,’ Hearn added.
‘I probably expect Wilder to do that – I don’t see where else he has to go.
‘But our mandatory [IBF] challenger, Kubrat Pulev, is also promoted by Bob Arum, like Tyson Fury, so there is a very easy manoeuvre there if Wilder doesn’t accept the rematch to go straight into this undisputed fight in the summer. That is what we have to push for initially.’
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