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Eddie Hearn says Anthony Joshua fight is ‘five times more important’ to Tyson Fury than Oleksandr Usyk unification fight


Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk may be up for the undisputed heavyweight crown, but promoter Eddie Hearn thinks a clash with Anthony Joshua is the biggest draw.

Following Usyk’s victory over Joshua last month to retain his IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles, all roads seemed to point to a unification clash with WBC champion Fury.

A fight between Fury and Usyk could see the first undisputed heavyweight champion crowned in the four-belt era

Initially, Fury wanted to fight Usyk in December, but the Ukrainian decided he wouldn’t return to the ring until next year as he needs to recover from his injuries and spend time with his family.

Now ‘The Gypsy King’ has turned his attention to Joshua, offering his fellow Briton a chance to win his WBC title in December – which he duly accepted.

From there, it looks like the process will move quickly, as Fury promoter Frank Warren revealed an offer had been sent in on Tuesday.

“We are sending them a written offer today. My son George spoke with Eddie Hearn yesterday,” Warren told talkSPORT.

“We were the ones who made the approach to give AJ a great opportunity to get back to the top level against world champion Tyson.

“He is ready to make this voluntary defense, so we will send the offer today and then they will have to look at it and decide if they want to take this with both hands.

Eddie Hearn says Anthony Joshua fight is ‘five times more important’ to Tyson Fury than Oleksandr Usyk unification fight

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But we could now have an all-British showdown with Joshua and Fury instead


Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn isn’t convinced this fight offer from Fury and his team is genuine.

That being said, however, Hearn also thinks a fight with Joshua would be a much bigger and more lucrative option for Fury than a fight with Usyk.

“The reality is, and some people don’t like to hear it, AJ is still arguably the biggest draw in boxing,” Hearn told talkSPORT.

“I mean AJ vs Fury is still five times bigger than Fury vs Usyk, that’s the reality.

“By the way, Fury vs Usyk is a great fight, it’s for the undisputed championship, but like I said, people want to see AJ vs Fury.

“Even when he lost to Usyk, I told people, ‘You’ll see the Fury fight. I didn’t think it would be December, but whether it’s next spring, next summer, this fight remains the most important in boxing.

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