Eddie Hearn is hell-bent on making an Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury fight happen with undisputed heavyweight glory on the line.
If the Matchroom Boxing USA president and promoter has his way, the mega bout will happen this year. Hearn told Sky Sports that there's a way for Joshua, the unified world heavyweight champion, to delay a fight with mandatory challenger, Kubrat Pulev. If that were to happen, a possible Joshua vs. Fury fight would only be contingent on whether Deontay Wilder exercises his rematch clause.
"Kubrat Pulev is also promoted by Top Rank," Hearn said, with Fury being Bob Arum's top heavyweight charge. "There is a move to be made there where we make Pulev wait and we can do this undisputed fight in the summer, but we wait on Wilder, because if he exercises the rematch we have no choice but to fight Pulev next and then fight the winner of Wilder against Fury."
Wilder, who was mauled by Fury via a devastating seventh-round TKO on Saturday night, has 30 days to activate a clause for a trilogy fight with the "Gypsy King," the new WBC champion. Hearn also told Sky Sports that he "secretly hopes Wilder doesn't take the rematch." But whether "The Bronze Bomber" does or not, Hearn is confident that Joshua vs. Fury gets done with urgency.
"I promise you this fight will happen," Hearn said. "If we have to fight Pulev, we've got to beat Pulev, and if he has to fight Wilder, he's got to beat Wilder again. Both of those things will happen. Fury will beat Wilder again and Joshua will knock Pulev clean out, despite Bob Arum telling us very differently. You will get this fight. We will do everything that it takes to make this fight."
Hearn says he's further encouraged by Fury's camp voicing that they want the Joshua fight. While the bout would declare an undisputed world heavyweight champion, its ramifications would especially hit home in London, where the "Gypsy King" and "AJ" both call home.
"When are we ever going to get the chance of two British world heavyweight champions fighting for the undisputed title against each other?" Hearn said. "It's never happened before it will never happen again. We'd be clowns, we'd be idiots if we didn't make this fight. We believe we win the fight, they believe they win the fight, so let's see it."
Hearn's latest comments follow his tweet immediately after Fury's victory over Wilder.
"No need for a third let’s go straight to it in the Summer!," he said, referring to voiding a Fury-Wilder trilogy in order for Joshua vs. Fury to happen sooner.