Anthony Joshua ‘probably thinks his Tyson Fury fight will NEVER happen,’ admits Eddie Hearn after the Gypsy King was ordered to face Deontay Wilder… but promoter is hopeful the Battle of Britain bout could still take place and be BIGGER than ever
- Anthony Joshua had been primed to face Tyson Fury in an undisputed fight
- But Fury has been ordered to face Deontay Wilder in July to defend his WBC title
- Joshua will now likely face Oleksandr Usyk in September to defend WBO belt
- However wins for both of the Brits could see their dream bout still be arranged
Eddie Hearn admits Anthony Joshua probably fears his undisputed fight with Tyson Fury will now never happen.
The pair were primed for a mammoth Battle of Britain this summer to decide the world’s best heavyweight, until a judge ordered Fury to face Deontay Wilder in a trilogy fight instead.
They will now meet for Fury’s WBC title in July, with AJ closing in on a fight against WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk in September.
Anthony Joshua (pictured) has seen his hopes of facing Tyson Fury this summer dashed
Joshua now looks set to take on WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk (right) next
Should both British fighters come through unscathed, Hearn believes a possible undisputed fight will be bigger than ever.
But the Matchroom promoter admits: ‘AJ, in his head, probably thinks the fight will never happen.
‘I would like to be more hopeful and I think it will happen.
‘If AJ knocks out Usyk and Fury knocks out Wilder then, in four months’ time, we are talking about an even bigger fight.
Promoter Eddie Hearn believes though the bout could still go ahead and be bigger than ever
‘One could lose or look bad but I do get the feeling if they both win then the fight is huge. I am hoping it works out for the best.’
Joshua is likely to defend his WBO, WBA and IBF titles against former cruiserweight king Usyk on either September 18 or 25, Hearn confirmed.
Wembley and Tottenham’s new stadium are both primed to stage the fight, with Hearn hoping to welcome up to 70,000 supporters ringside.
Usyk’s promoter returned the fight contract on Monday ‘with a couple of minor questions that I don’t think will pose any problems.’
Fury (pictured) was in line to face Joshua in a highly anticipated undisputed heavyweight bout
But he will now instead face Deontay Wilder (left) to complete a trilogy bout this summer
And Hearn added: ‘I think there are no issues with the fight and it is the one you will see next.
‘AJ knows how good Usyk is but AJ wants to do a job on him but he also knows people are unsure about him winning the fight, and I think he likes that.
‘He has done four weeks of southpaw sparring up in Sheffield and he is gearing himself up for a big fight.
‘We just hope that everywhere is open because we want to do 60-70,000 at Spurs. It would still be viable but it would affect how much they make.’
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