Eddie Hearn, promoter for IBF, IBO, WBA, heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs), will not base his fighter's future on someone as unreliable as Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs).
Fury, who is overweight and inactive since November 2015 when he defeated Wladimir Klitshcko, has been constantly calling Joshua out on social media.
Hearn is not even concerned with Fury's taunts - because the controversial fighter has yet to reclaim his license to box with British Boxing Board of Control.
Hearn is willing to negotiate the terms of the fight right now, but nothing will be concrete until Fury actually gets back in the ring, gets in shape, and proves that he's serious about a comeback.
Fury's history over the last two years, with fight withdrawals and a lack of motivation to train, has created doubts on whether or not the 'Gypsey King' will ever return to the ring.
"We can’t base our future on a guy as unreliable as Tyson Fury. And by the way - I love Tyson Fury. I think he’s great for the sport of boxing. We’d love to see him back, but he’s overweight, he hasn’t got a license, and he hasn’t boxed in two and a half years - and he’s pulled out of his last two fights. We deal with the reality. We’re all about actions," Hearn told BoxingScene.com.
"We’re not bothered about some tweets that you send out saying you’re back - show us you’re back. But, in the meantime we’ll sit down with you now and negotiate the fight for the summer or the winter of 2018. Come back with a win, show the public you’re back so that we don’t feel like we’re wasting our time. We can’t afford to go into a fight, pull out of the fight, delay a fight."
As of right now, the plan is to fight WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker on March 31 at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Beyond the fight with Parker, the next target of choice would be WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, who returns on March 3 against Luis Ortiz.
"We know what we’re doing.... we want Joseph Parker, we want another belt, and then we want Deontay Wilder. If the Fury fight can happen in the meantime, great, and we’re open to that discussion. But show us your action rather than just talking about it. I wouldn’t want Joshua to beat a Tyson Fury that’s come back and he isn’t at his best, because he won’t even get the credit for it," Hearn said.
"Let’s see you back, let’s show everybody what a great fighter you are, and he is a great fighter. And a fully fit Tyson Fury is a tough fight for Anthony Joshua. We’re up for tough fights. But like I said, we’re all action. You never see Joshua pull out of the fight, wou never see him talk about a fight that he doesn’t deliver in."