Eddie Hearn Offers Good News for Fury v Joshua
In rather surprising fashion, WBC heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury (32-0-1, 23 KO’s) offered a fight to two-time heavyweight champion Anthony “AJ” Joshua (24-3, 22 KO’s). It was somewhat stunning because the proposal came right on the heels of a loss for Joshua. In fact, AJ had just suffered back-to-back defeats to unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk.
Despite all the moving parts, it appears that the negotiations between the two teams are proceeding smoothly. Although smooth moving talks have not prevented Team Fury from continuing to issue threats and catcall. Tyson Fury has insisted on several occasions that he will call the match off if certain demands were not met immediately. For his part, Fury’s father, John Fury, has stated publicly that Joshua is terrified of his son and this is why all contracts have not been signed.
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While those made for great sound bites for Team Fury, Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, has a very different take on the matter.
“[If AJ was scared] Well, we would not have accepted the terms, all the terms were in Tyson Fury’s favor! The split, the rematch clause, a date that was quite frankly very tight for Anthony Joshua. We accepted and we are all in on that date…so I don’t see how we can be terrified? And also, you do remember that Anthony Joshua signed for this fight nine or ten months ago and Tyson Fury pulled out of the fight because of the arbitration. So, he is more than willing to fight Tyson Fury!”
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In many respects this is just a part of the back-and-forth of negotiations in boxing. Yet, that doesn’t make it any less confusing and frustrating at times! Nevertheless, for the better part of it, it appears that everything is still heading in a positive direction.
“The process has actually been cordial and it’s moved at a decent pace…I think that the fight can get done but it ain’t getting done today! So when he [Tyson Fury] comes out and says the fight is off, it doesn’t do him or the process any favors. And I can’t talk negatively about the process because it’s been quite pleasant.”
Given the magnitude of this fight, and the fact that principle characters all seem to want it, ideally we should be getting a beneficial update sooner than later. Yet, given how much kicking and screaming Fury has done, it probably would be a good idea not to hold your breath waiting! Either way, 3Kings Boxing will be on deck to report the news whether it be good, bad or ugly!
By: Bakari Simpson