Eddie Hearn, Matchroom MD, and promoter of unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, believes conducting a fight against Tyson Fury will be comparatively easier than doing the same against Deontay Wilder.
Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua were set to face off against one another for the undisputed heavyweight championship, with Saudi Arabia targeted as the venue and 14th August aimed to be the scheduled date.
The much anticipated bout would have been Fury’s WBC title pitted against Joshua’s WBA (Super), WBO and IBF titles in a four-belt unification fight. Unfortunately, after Deontay Wilder won his arbitration case for the trilogy against the “Gypsy King” Fury, and the two are set to fight for the third time on 24th July in Las Vegas.
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Eddie Hearn says Fury’s victory over Wilder will make him ‘confident’ about the Joshua fight
It is pretty much understood that the undisputed heavyweight championship is still on the cards, and the Fury vs Wilder 3, where Fury will be defending his coveted green and gold belt, will determine AJ’s opponent, only after he clears the mandatory Oleksandr Usyk fight in September.
Meanwhile, Eddie Hearn believes that conducting the undisputed fight against Fury will be an easier task at hand than doing the same against Wilder because there the progress had already been made for Fury vs Joshua.
“I think it would be easier for me to make the Tyson Fury fight. At least there are parts of his team that I can have cordial conversations with, and Tyson Fury himself,” Hearn said in an interview with Boxing Social, “I’ve met him, I know him and then on the other side.”
While Wilder vs Joshua will not only push Hearn and the rest of his team to start the work from scratch, the Briton revealed that any such attempt in the past was met with disinterest from the “Bronze Bomber” and his team, while Fury’s promoter Bob Arum would be very much responsive.
“There’s two times we tried to make the undisputed fight, the first time [with Wilder], I can’t even tell you the silence. They wouldn’t even have a meeting with me to discuss it. At least with Tyson Fury and Bob, if I called Bob, he would pick up the phone immediately.
“A Tyson Fury victory would fill me with more confidence of making an undisputed fight with Anthony Joshua,” added Hearn.