Eddie Hearn, promoter for IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, is gaining self assurance that a deal can be finalized for a full division unification with WBC champion Tyson Fury.
Hearn is at the moment in serious discussions with Fury’s co-promoters, Bob Arum of correct Rank and Frank Warren of Queensberry Promotions.
the two sides are hoping to stage the primary contest in may additionally or June – with a rematch to follow earlier than the end of the year.
“We’re close. Backwards and forwards with contracts in the mean time. issues had been progressing definitely neatly over the last week. I basically trust you will see that battle might also-June, every person’s working smartly in the right route,” Hearn informed Sirius XM.
Fury turned into in motion returned in February, when he stopped Deontay Wilder in seven rounds to capture the WBC title on the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Joshua was lower back in the ring past this month in London, when he knocked out IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in 9 rounds.
Fury is now aggressively pushing to have the battle take place in 2021.
“subsequent yr, the combat has to occur. He’s come over his closing hurdle last week against Pulev. And now we’re both free to make this combat. I’m inclined to do the combat. He changed into requested the question, ‘Do you want to combat Tyson Fury?’ very simple and simple, and he under no circumstances answered the query,” Fury advised the Jonathan Ross reveal.
“It became an easy sure or no reply wasn’t it? Then they referred to, ‘Do you feel you’re the most useful heavyweight on the planet? and he went [holds hands up]. Didn’t reply the question. inquire from me, do you want to battle Anthony Joshua? yes.”
simplest two hurdles are within the method.
Oleksandr Usyk, because the WBO’s obligatory challenger, is as a result of face Joshua. That situation may with no trouble be solved with a step-aside deal or Joshua determining to vacate that singular belt.
On Fury’s conclusion, Wilder has initiated a felony motion to enforce an instantaneous rematch clause. Arum expects to be successful, confident that Wilder’s felony appropriate to a rematch has expired.