English sports promoter Eddie Hearn believes deals could be struck with the prospective next opponents of Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury to step aside and allow the two British heavyweights to fight next.
Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury: Joshua’s promoter Hearn revealed he has been in talks with Fury’s management team MTK Global about a potential blockbuster bout in which all four of the major world titles in the division would be on the line.
It was anticipated a bout could be staged this winter if Joshua had successfully defended his WBO, WBA and IBF crowns against Kubrat Pulev on June 20 while Fury’s trilogy fight against Deontay Wilder for the WBC title was close to being arranged for the following month, only for both contests to fall through because of coronavirus.
Some people will say Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury is the heavyweight fight of the century, although that’s very debatable, I would say its the heavyweight fight of our time.
“Everything is solvable with money.” He added on The Boxing Show on Sky Sports: “Negotiations aren’t underway. We have a contract to fight Kubrat Pulev next, Tyson Fury has a contract to fight Deontay Wilder next.
“With everything that’s happening, there is, I believe, keenness from the sides Anthony Joshua and our team and Tyson Fury and his team to potentially go straight into that fight.
‘Wilder, Pulev To Step Aside for Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury ‘ – Hearn
“But the major hurdle is we’re both under contract for other fights. Could a deal be struck for them to step aside? Absolutely. Would we be willing to entertain it? Absolutely.
“But right now the focus is on the contracts we have signed with a move for the winners fighting the winners probably in spring ’21.”
Hearn admitted he has had offers from several foreign countries eager to stage Joshua-Fury, which he thinks is highly unlikely to be held in the UK this year.
He added: “We’ve had a number of approaches from territories enquiring and making offers to stage that fight ( Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury ). Ourselves and MTK have been in discussions to look at those offers and discuss when this fight might take place.
You will get this fight ( Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury ), it’s just a case of when/where.”