Eddie Hearn: “Anthony Joshua Would Vacate To Face Fury If Needed”

Eddie Hearn says Joshua Would prioritize facing Fury over titles

Anthony Joshua (left), Tyson Fury
Anthony Joshua (left), Tyson Fury

Eddie Hearn says Joshua Would prioritize facing Fury over titles

After conducting a pair of recent interviews, WBC world heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO’s) and his co-promoter, Frank Warren, have caused quite a bit of hubbub. At the root of the commotion is their belief that WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight world champion Anthony “AJ” Joshua (23-1, 21 KO’s) should vacate his WBO title. The justification of this action would be to facilitate a mega-fight between Fury and Joshua.

In Fury and Warren’s opinion, the all-UK showdown would easily overshadow a potential bout between AJ and his WBO mandatory Oleksandr Usyk (17-0, 13 KO’s). Up until now, Joshua has not given any indication that he would do such a thing. However, his Matchroom Boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn, has now alerted the boxing public that Joshua might very well be willing to drop the belt to make the bout.


While conducting an interview with Boxing Social, Hearn did reinforce the fact that Joshua’s main objective is, and always has been, to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. Although, he would then go on to say that regardless of that desire, the once-defeated champion would be open to chucking the belt to the side in order to get his hands-on Fury.

“There has been a lot of talk about give up this belt and giving up that belt, I can’t stress how many times I have said the aim of Anthony Joshua is to be the undisputed heavyweight world champion. Now will a belt get in the way of him fighting Tyson Fury next? Probably not. So, would he vacate a belt and fight Tyson Fury next? Yes, I believe he would, if he had too. Would he rather maintain all the belts? One million percent!”


While this is great news for fans of that super-fight, both Fury and Joshua still have to take care of some business. First, the Gypsy King must successfully get past Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KO’s) in their upcoming trilogy fight. And AJ has to overcome his IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat “The Cobra” Pulev (28-1, 14 KO’s) on December 12. Provided that both are successful, and Hearn’s words mirror Joshua’s genuine feelings, then we might just have a historical all UK brouhaha on the way!

By: Bakari Simpson

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