Eddie Hearn reveals Anthony Joshua could be fighting Tyson Fury this DECEMBER if Deontay Wilder retires from a trilogy fight against the Gypsy King … but promoter says Bronze Bomber should retire if he can’t meet the challenge
- Anthony Joshua is keen to fight Tyson Fury in a mega all-British unification battle
- But both British heavyweights appear to be the first to fight against different opponents
- Fury could fight deontay Wilder in a trilogy fight and AJ could fight Kubrat Pulev
- Eddie Hearn says if Wilder chooses not to fight, AJ and Fury could happen this year
Anthony Joshua could take on Tyson Fury in their unification fight as early as December as Deontay Wilder pulls out of a third fight against the Gypsy King, AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn said.
After losing to Fury for the first time in his career in February, Wilder then announced that he wants to perform his rematch clause for a trilogy fight, with a current date for the match on December 19.
Still, Joshua, who also has to schedule a mandatory fight against Kubrat Pulev, is eager to fight Fury for all heavyweight belts, and Hearn says the fight could take place in just three months if Wilder chooses not to go to the ring.
Anthony Joshua wants to fight Tyson Fury in a heavyweight unit fight, his promoter says
A financial deal for two fights has been agreed between Joshua and Fury for next year
Still, there could even be a fight in December if Deontay Wilder decides to stop fighting Fury
‘I am the only one who has put this down [the Joshua vs Fury deal for 2021] in writing that the deal has been agreed, ”Hearn said IFL TV.
So I’ve already written to their team saying, “To let you know, we’ve agreed to the next deal,” which has been agreed.
‘I actually didn’t get an answer, but I think they want the fight. So we are ready for battle. I saw the comments about December. It’s all very good to say, “Well, if that doesn’t happen in December, I’ll fight you now.”
‘We will fight with you in December. If the world is ready for that fight, and these offers coming in are legitimate for that December period, then we have no problem taking on that fight.
But he is [Fury] under contract for another fight. No, we don’t have a contract yet, but we now have to agree with Pulev. We probably will.
If Deontay Wilder doesn’t accept that rematch, he has to quit boxing. What’s the point? You have been a world heavyweight champion and now you have lost. ‘
Eddie Hearn says Wilder will have to retire if he opts for a third fight with the Gypsy King
Earlier this year, a financial agreement was reached for two fights in 2021 between Joshua and Fury, which would currently be for the right to be named Unified Heavyweight Champion of the World.
Hearn added that Joshua would be willing to lose his WBO belt if that allowed for an all-British showdown.
“We want to fight an uncontested fight,” Hearn said. So by doing that, we’re fighting Pulev, he [Fury] fights Wilder.
Joshua looks likely to strike a deal this year to defeat mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev
‘If we have to drop the WBO band, we worry about it. But AJ has no problem taking on that battle [Fury] The next. But he understands that it is his duty to fight against Pulev.
‘If he doesn’t want to, he’ll lose his belt. Fury’s obligation is contractual to fight Deontay Wilder, and I don’t believe Deontay Wilder will let that fight go.
“If he lets go of that fight, he will never have another chance for a world title until he is obliged.”