Hearn and Arum ready to make Fury vs. Joshua now
By Charles Brun: Eddie Hearn is claiming that he’s been having conversations with Tyson Fury’s promoter Bob Arum about putting a fight together with Anthony Joshua in the fall of this year if Deontay Wilder doesn’t take the fight.
Supposedly, Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) is the only one holding back the Fury vs. Joshua fight. But we don’t know that Hearn has any real interest in letting Joshua anywhere near Fury because it’ll work against his best interest if the war happens and AJ gets blown out of the water like poor Deontay did last February.
Hearn say’s he’s hoping that former WBC heavyweight champion Wilder will back out of the trilogy match with Fury due to him losing his desire to take that fight.
When that happens, Hearn and IBF/WBA/WBO champion Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) are supposed to move in and take the fight with Fury for December. Of course, if Hearn is blowing smoke up the backside of the fans about him being interested in making the fight with Fury, then you can forget about the mega-fight. It’ll be a mirage.
Hearn ready to get Fury-Joshua made now
As of now, Joshua will be defending against Kubrat Pulev on December 12th. That’s a fight that AJ must get out of the way for him to satisfy his IBF commitment, as Pulev is the mandatory challenger with that governing body.
“I’ve spoken to Bob Arum. We’ve been having deep conversations about that fight all week. Actually, me and Bob are ready to move forward and close that fight now. I don’t know if he’ll fight Wilder, I think Fury will do WWE this year,” said Hearn to Matchroom Boxing.
Fury is under contract for the third fight with Wilder, so he’s going to have to wait to see whether he wants to face him or not. It’s easy for Hearn to act like he’s ready to make the Joshua-Fury fight right now, given that Fury is still expected to face Wilder in December or early 2021.
A lot of boxing fans believe that Hearn is trying to delay letting Joshua fight Fury for as long as possible so that his fighter doesn’t lose. The fact that Hearn is still pushing for Dillian Whyte to become WBC mandatory so he can face Fury in 2020 it sends the message that he doesn’t want the Joshua-Fury fight to happen.
If Joshua gets beaten to a pulp by Fury the way that Wilder did, then pretty soon, he won’t be the money-maker he is today. It’s not just one contest that Joshua and Fury are expected to take in 2021. There are two of them, and if Josua loses BOTH fights, then it could be game over for him.
It’s good that Hearn stopped complaining about how his lawn got torn apart during the Fight Camp events. I thought he was never going to stop talking about that.
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