Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn is hoping Anthony Joshua will finally face Tyson Fury after Oleksandr Usyk.
Today it was confirmed that world heavyweight champion Joshua will face Usyk, his mandatory WBO challenger, on September 25 at the Tottenham Hostpur Stadium.
AJ had prepared to fight WBC champion Fury in an all-British unification bout to crown the first undisputed heavyweight king since Lennox Lewis in 2000.
But the ‘Gypsy King’ was forced into a third fight with Deontay Wilder after an arbitration case – and that fight has since been pushed back to October 9 after Fury tested positive for COVID-19 during his camp. coaching.
Joshua vs Fury feels further away than ever, but promoter AJ Hearn is cautiously hoping the two Britons will be the other’s next opponent.
“I would love to say yes,” Hearn told talkSPORT when asked if that would ever happen. “I hope and I pray.
“I don’t really believe in much that comes from that side. I hope their fight [Fury vs Wilder] is coming in October and hopefully Fury wins.
“For now, given the way everything has turned out, let’s just beat Usyk on September 25th – it will be a tough fight.
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“But that’s the dream. The dream has always been for AJ to be the undisputed world champion and we won’t stop until that happens.
Although he hasn’t proven himself at the heavyweight level, Ukrainian Usyk is a fierce test for Joshua, having dominated and conquered the cruiserweight division before advancing.
Hearn has also confirmed a rematch clause for WBO, WBA and IBF champion Joshua if he loses those belts to Usyk.
“Yes, there will be [a rematch clause]. It’s a two-fight deal in that regard, ”added Hearn.
“If he wins the fight, he’ll move on and hopefully fight the winner of Wilder vs Fury.”
While Hearn is thrilled to put on the scene Joshua vs Usyk, an exciting prospect in his own right and the first boxing event at Spurs, the promoter understands the disappointment over Fury’s debacle.
“We were heading towards the Fury fight and then all of a sudden he pulled out and couldn’t take it,” Hearn continued.
“We had to face our proxy, who happens to be Usyk. It’s Olympic gold against Olympic gold in London 2012.
“Unified heavyweight world champion against undisputed heavyweight champion – it’s a real fight.
“As disappointed as a lot of us were about the fight with Fury, this is the next biggest fight there is. It’s going to be a big fight.