Matchroom Boxing head Eddie Hearn says there is a ninety% probability that the heavyweight unification battle between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury takes location in 2021.
That stated, there’s a a hundred% possibility Hearn and Joshua will first need to handle the situation relating Joshua’s WBO obligatory challenger in Oleksandr Usyk.
The WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO champion Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) correctly made his long-awaited IBF mandatory protection of Kubrat Pulev in December.
As soon because the battle changed into over, attention immediately shifted toward Joshua needing to deal with Usyk (18-0, 13 KOs) in order that he could ultimately face the WBC champion Fury.
“If everyone is sensible together, we will find an answer, and that i truly desire [Joshua vs. Fury] to be undisputed as a result of that’s always been the dream for AJ, and we’re going to do everything we can,” Hearn told Boxing Social. “however we’re not going to be held to ransom with the aid of any individual, and if we lose one belt, we’ll likely vacate them all and say, ‘here is boxing now.’ but if all and sundry is good, we’ll be fair in return, hopefully, we can find a solution.”
When asked if Usyk is out of his contract with Matchroom, Hearn noted “unless we deliver the AJ battle.”
the former cruiserweight king Usyk has been eyeing a fight with Joshua ever for the reason that he made his movement as much as heavyweight in 2019. The Ukrainian feels that he is eventually ready to tackle Joshua in a fight between 2012 Olympics gold medalists.
“I’ve heard a person say that Usyk desires a percent of AJ and Fury’s purse to step aside,” spoke of Hearn. “The difficulty is, when there’s a large fight like that, everybody [wants a piece of the pie] and the greed is fabulous … It’s going to come all the way down to the opponents, and the warring parties are paying hundreds of thousands of bucks in sanction costs.
“It’s a condition where some americans, and this isn’t in reality a dig at his crew or anything, however some individuals trust he should be getting tens of millions, or dollars to step aside for [the Joshua vs. Fury] fight. truly, what is going to turn up is, we are able to practice to the WBO for the undisputed combat. if they say, ‘no, you must confer with Oleksandr Usyk.’ we can go to Oleksandr Usyk, and we will try and make him chuffed to try and make that battle go on.
“You ought to be respected because you’re in a mandatory position, but there’s a solution. As I’ve pointed out earlier than, this fight between Fury and AJ will turn up with the entire belts or now not one belt in any respect.”
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman these days addressed the situation in regard to unified champions like Joshua eager to take advantage of appealing fights take place first.
“It’s a delicate and frustrating [situation],” said Sulaiman. “It’s complex, and it’s no longer convenient. Of path there are examples, there are blunders, and we’re trying to handle it the choicest method viable. It’s a crucial subject in our activity that deserves consideration.
“Our suggestions are very clear. We need the top of the line fights. We desire the development of the game. We do not need to give mandatories to satisfy and simply to impose. we’re very bendy and knowing case through case. we are able to no longer permit a mandatory contender to abuse that position.”
Manouk Akopyan is a activities journalist, author and broadcast reporter. He’s also a member of the Boxing Writers affiliation of america and MMA Journalists affiliation. He may also be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan, via e-mail at manouk[dot]akopyan[at]gmail.com or on www.ManoukAkopyan.com