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Hearn: Fury-Joshua Possible if Wilder Takes Step-Aside Deal

Eddie Hearn, promoter for IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, would still love to finalize a deal for a unification with WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury for the fall.

Hearn had targeted that contest for the month of December, but that plan was seriously affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Joshua is slated to face his mandatory challenger, Kubrat Pulev, on June 20. The fight is likely getting pushed back to July 25th, or even later.

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Fury was heading to a trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder for July 18th. That fight has now been postponed until October.

If Joshua goes forward with Pulev in July, Hearn says a Fury fight is still possible for a fall date - but that can only be possible if Wilder takes a step aside deal.

"We've got June 20 as a pencilled date for Anthony Joshua. We will make a statement potentially this week, or maybe early next week, that's likely to be delayed. I think that's pretty straightforward and obvious. Hopefully until the end of July," Hearn told Sky Sports.

"But if it starts kicking on beyond that, then you get to a situation where if Joshua is only going to box once this year, he would very much like that to be against Tyson Fury. The situation is a little bit out of our hands in that, if Bob Arum and Al Haymon can talk and make Deontay Wilder wait a little bit, we would absolutely love to go into that fight next.

"I think a lot of it depends on Deontay Wilder. If he's willing to take that step-aside money. That's a conversation to be had with Bob Arum and Al Haymon to see if that's even possible. If it was possible and there was a way to make Kubrat Pulev wait, which I think is probably an easier job, then for sure, I think Anthony Joshua would be extremely interested in moving straight into the Tyson Fury fight. I think in an ideal world, we have that fight next.

"It's always been the case, but if we can fight Kubrat Pulev in July, we'd love to fight Tyson Fury in November, December. At the same time, I think there's so much uncertainty at the moment, this is the kind of situation that might make people say - 'I think now is the time.'

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by Squared.Circle on 04-03-2020

[QUOTE=Cool Scant;20494786]I’ll hand it to you, you are a professional at providing misinformation and causing confusion. Finkel provides a timeline of events of the first negotiations and you twist his words and take them out of context to cause confusion.…

Comment by Roberto Vasquez on 04-03-2020

[QUOTE=redmish;20493705]So Whyte finally gets his shot at Wilder but theres no title after 900+ days as his mandatory? Why would Whyte take that?[/QUOTE] Wilder can just sit it out or fight Ortiz again. But he should still fight the winner…

Comment by Cool Scant on 04-03-2020

[QUOTE=Squared.Circle;20494547]Finkle says “I offered to send AJ’s lawyers proof of funds and information on where and when the fight would take place”, why didn’t he? Lol if he was really willing, then what stopped him from doing so? So he…

Comment by Cool Scant on 04-03-2020

[QUOTE=redmish;20494431]You know what I mean. He was his mandatory for a long time before the drug issue.[/QUOTE]Whyte became the mandatory when he beat Rivas in a WBC ordered final eliminator. So going off of the Rivas fight Whyte hasn’t been…

Comment by Adamsc151 on 04-03-2020

Wilder won't take step aside money, he wouldn't take over £100 million to do the Breazeale fight and 2 Joshua fights with DAZN. If we are to have an undisputed champ before at least 1 of Fury, Joshua or Wilder…

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