Tyson Fury And Eddie Hearn Outline Their Future Plans
After Tyson Fury stopped Deontay Wilder last month to capture the The Ring and WBC heavyweight titles, fans immediately called for a unification bout with his fellow Brit Anthony Joshua, who holds the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles.
Fans will have to wait a little while longer however, after Wilder triggered the clause in his contract for an immediate rematch. The two are expected to meet for a third time on July 18th in Las Vegas. Joshua is also set to defend his titles against Kubrat Pulev on June 20th, in London.
It is thought that should Fury and Joshua both win, they will face off at the end of the year. Speaking on This Morning with his wife Paris, ‘The Gypsy King’ stated that this could be his last fight before he hangs up his gloves.
“Yes, I’ve got two more fights left, and then we’re gonna really think about what we’re going to do from there. Because you know, how long is a piece of string? I’m undefeated in 31 professional fights. This is my twelfth year as a professional.”
When asked about Wilder’s comments after their fight, that he lost because the outfit he wore to the ring was too heavy, Fury said he could understand his remarks.
“I can understand where he’s coming from because in every fighter’s mind there’s always got to be a reason why they’ve lost. It can never be the simple fact of, ‘I wasn’t good enough on the night and I lost to a better guy’. It’s always got to be the camp was wrong, the trainer’s fault, it was the suit, it was my toe. There’s always something, a problem. See with me, if I’m injured or whatever, the problem is, it’s like, okay the performance wasn’t great. I’m gonna move on and crack on,” Fury pronounced.
And while Fury acknowledges the dangers of facing Wilder again, the 31 year old will go into their third encounter full of confidence.
“I beat him the first time, I beat him the second time and I surely will beat him the third time. The one thing I will say about Deontay Wilder is he’s a very worthy opponent, and he’s a very dangerous opponent. He has that eraser power of 43 knockouts and only the one defeat. So you can never write a guy off like that. So you’re only ever one punch away from disaster, with Deontay.”
Meanwhile, while speaking to Sky Sports News, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed that should both his man and Fury win this summer, he intends to make the historic unification bout go down in December.
“The great thing is that [Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3) is in July and we box in June. Now our intention, and conversations are ongoing, is to finalise the Fury vs Joshua fight for December of this year. There’s no reason not to get that contracted now, subject to both guys winning in the summer,” Hearn stated.
“We had numerous conversations with Bob Arum at Top Rank over making Joshua vs Fury. But we know that once Wilder exercised that rematch clause, that fight would be made. We understand Wilder wants to win his belt back. The proudness and ego of Wilder meant it was very unlikely. He’s not stepping aside, he wants this rematch with Fury. The undisputed fight must happen in 2020.”
Hearn believes Fury and Joshua will fight at least two times and insists that at least one of these fights needs to be in the UK. And while it would be ideal to hold the first fight in the UK, December isn’t the best month of the year to hold a fight in an outdoor stadium. Although Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium would be an option, as it has a retractable roof.
“Joshua and Fury are certainly going to be boxing twice [or a] trilogy. That’s part of the deal that we are looking to do ASAP — a two-fight agreement with Fury and Arum at the end of this year then summer 2021. We must try and do that fight in the UK. Ask ‘AJ’ and Fury where they would like it, and they would say the UK. We know there will be huge offers from around the world. Our priority is to try and make this fight in the UK,” Hearn said.
“There will be two of these, maybe three, so certainly summer 2021 we’ll get one in the UK. I would love to make the first one in the UK because we’ve got two British world champions who will fight for the undisputed title – this is never going to happen again. To do it in the UK would be very special.”
Obviously Hearn’s plans will depend on how long Fury continues to fight on for. Negotiations should be interesting if Fury plans to retire after the first potential fight with Joshua, as nowadays most boxers insist on a rematch clause in their contract for big fights.
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