Eddie Hearn says he has spoken to Tyson Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum about setting up a massive unification fight with Anthony Joshua, with ‘everybody’ wanting to make it happen.
The Gypsy King gave a dominant display to stop Deontay Wilder in the seventh round on Saturday night in Las Vegas, though the American intends to activate a rematch clause for a trilogy fight.
That means the sought-after clash between Fury and Joshua may have to wait, though Hearn has suggested a unification bout remains the priority and has hinted that Wilder could be offered step-aside money.
Asked for any update on a potential Fury-Joshua fight, AJ’s promoter told iFL TV: ‘I had a good chat with Bob Arum last night. Everybody wants to make Fury-Joshua. I mean, like, everybody.
‘You’ve got to understand these people… I mean, I like a pound note but these guys are savages. So they’re sniffing just money everywhere.
‘So the strategy is, let’s get [Kubrat] Pulev wrapped up and signed and if over the next couple of weeks there’s a move – where someone can wait, someone can have a few quid – we would love nothing more than to go into Fury in June or July.’
He continued: ‘At the end of the day, this fight takes priority over everything. Everything. So whenever it can happen, we’re in.
‘No-one wants to see Wilder-Fury III, but we understand he’s got a rematch clause. If it has to happen it happens, but don’t string it out until October/November. Get it done in June/July. So we’ll see.’
Reacting to Wilder blaming his heavy outfit for the defeat, Hearn said: ‘It’s just madness, the whole thing. You’ve got to be careful because it’s the kind of thing that can taint your whole career. Deontay Wilder will never be able to live down the gown excuse.
‘David Haye, nine years ago, got his little toe out and said that that was the reason he lost to Wladimir Klitschko. People are still stopping him in the street today going, “Dave! How’s your toe!?”
‘So Wilder is done. It’s disappointing because you don’t make excuses. You shake the man’s hand. Listen, Joshua could have made 40 excuses, he don’t even want to make one. “You were the better man, you won on the night”.
‘Joshua got criticised for congratulating Ruiz and looking like he wasn’t bothered. People don’t realise what Joshua went through behind closed doors in terms of the darkness of defeat to come back and have that drive to improve and win the fight.
‘That’s what you’ve got to do. You’ve got to go away, bite your lip, shake the other man’s hand, say congratulations, go away, work harder behind closed doors and come back better and try and win. But the gown? It’s the worst move I’ve ever seen.’
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