Plans for a new ‘realistic’ date for Anthony Joshua versus Tyson Fury have been revealed by Eddie Hearn, though promoter insists there will be no talks until after Oleksandr Usyk and Deontay Wilder fights
The Anthony Joshua versus Tyson Fury boxing match is now most likely to take place in February if the fight can be made after their upcoming bouts, Eddie Hearn says.
Hearn said on Tuesday that both sides have met and discussed the devastating collapse of the undisputed clash they had been planning earlier this year.
Hearn promotes Joshua, who holds the WBA, IBF and WBO world titles. As is well known, Deontay Wilder’s arbitration victory forced Fury into a trilogy fight with him, now set for October 9.
Meanwhile, AJ must make a mandatory defence against Oleksandr Usyk on September 25. Should they both come through, the hope from fans is that the biggest fight in British boxing history can be revived.
Hearn said, “We wanted to do it in December.” Fury is the WBC heavyweight world champion
“But I think with AJ fighting September 25, Fury now delayed until October, I think February is more realistic. They had a huge offer from Saudi Arabia to do the fight there. Ultimately in the fight game, which is extremely dangerous and these guys are putting themselves on the line, it is about generating as much money for the fight as possible. With fans back in the UK is that an option? Las Vegas? We’ll see. But first things first, let’s just beat Usyk, because if that doesn’t go to plan, we can forget about it,” he explained.
Hearn had AJ versus Fury all-but-done for August 14 in Saudi Arabia, only for Wilder’s arbitration victory to scupper the plans.
It’s clear that the frustration of the previous collapse is still in Hearn’s mind though. The promoter has insisted that there are currently no talks over the bout and won’t be until current opponents are overcome.
Hearn added, “No, no talks with anyone because I don’t wanna waste my time. I spent six months wasting my time so let’s get these fights out of the way and let’s see what happens.”
- A TalkSport report