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Eddie Hearn ‘doesn’t trust’ Tyson Fury, reveals Gypsy King wanted warm-up fight before Oleksandr Usyk and explains why Anthony Joshua’s split plan fell apart


Eddie Hearn has explained why a deal that would have seen Anthony Joshua step down to allow Tyson Fury against Oleksandr Usyk to fall apart.

Joshua has reportedly been offered up to £15m for not getting a rematch with Usyk and allowing an uncontested fight with Fury instead.

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AJ would then face the winner, but it never got past the negotiation stage.

Instead, the British heavyweight will be looking to reclaim his belts from the Ukrainian, while Fury is set to fight mandatory WBC title challenger Dillian Whyte.

Matchroom chief Hearn, who promotes Joshua, Usyk and Whyte, said Fury kept “changing the goalposts”.

Speaking to FightHype.com in Arizona, Hearn said, “Everybody talks about side money and stuff, the goalposts kept changing.

“The plan has always been very simple. Fury fights Usyk for the undisputed, Joshua fights the winner. Very simple diet.


Eddie Hearn ‘doesn’t trust’ Tyson Fury, reveals Gypsy King wanted warm-up fight before Oleksandr Usyk and explains why Anthony Joshua’s split plan fell apart

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Fury wanted warm-up fight before facing Usyk, says Hearn

“Joshua never signed on for this model, we were always talking. He never wanted to do it, but it turned out to be a pretty smart plan, in my eyes.

“Then Tyson Fury said ‘I’m not fighting Usyk immediately, I would like a warm up fight on March 26th.’

“I don’t trust Tyson Fury to fight AJ after Usyk anyway. I definitely don’t trust him to go on March 26, June and December.

“We came back and said no to that March fight. We tried to renegotiate this whole deal and Fury said ‘no, I don’t want to fight Usyk right now’. Then he has to fight Whyte.

Eddie Hearn ‘doesn’t trust’ Tyson Fury, reveals Gypsy King wanted warm-up fight before Oleksandr Usyk and explains why Anthony Joshua’s split plan fell apart

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“You never know if he’ll fight Whyte. I wouldn’t be surprised if that fight didn’t happen.

“I see people saying ‘Dillian Whyte has shut up’. He’s been training. Until we see a contract for this fight and they’ve paid the money, what do you expect from him?

“This is the opportunity that Dillian has wanted for a long time. He will be there, will Tyson be there? We will see.”

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