Frank Warren, promoter for WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, believes his boxer would be the huge favorite if a fight every came together with IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO world champion Anthony Joshua.
Fury climbed to the top of the mountain last Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, when he stopped undefeated Deontay Wilder in the seventh round to capture the WBC crown. The fight was a rematch of their December 2018 clash, which ended in a twelve round split draw.
Hearn, promoter for Joshua, says his boxer is very eager to get Joshua in the ring as soon as possible.
Warren is not exactly buying Hearn's recent statements - pointing out that Joshua has been mandated to fight two different fighters.
Based on those obligations, Joshua has to make an IBF mandatory defense against Kubrat Pulev and then a WBO mandated defense against Oleksandr Usyk.
"He says a lot of things, doesn’t he? He says whatever suits him on the occasion,’ Warren told TalkSport. ‘When we tried to make the fight before, it was a problem. He knows full well what his contractual obligations are.
"He knows his fighter has got a mandatory defence against Pulev and one against Usyk. So to get that fight on, a lot of people have got to be paid and looked after to step aside. Tyson has no problem fighting him, we’ve called the fight enough times. We’ve never changed our mantra.
"We’ll talk with Anthony Joshua’s management, we’ll talk to Freddie Cunningham and see what we can do. He would be the underdog and it doesn’t matter what he’s got to say, Eddie Hearn, it doesn’t mean a row of beans what he’s got to say at the moment. All those issues I’ve just mentioned have to be dealt with.
"He can gloss over them all he likes but they are realities. The two defences that AJ has are mandated by the governing bodies belts that he holds and we’re contractually where we’re at. No one is trying to duck the AJ fight, we tried to make it two years ago, a year ago. They’re the ones who didn’t want the fight – and for obvious reasons. When you see Tyson at his best like you saw him on Saturday night, you say who would be the favorite – he would be a massive odds-on favorite."