Eddie Hearn believes both Dillian Whyte and Anthony Joshua can beat Tyson Fury – and has insisted the latter is the best heavyweight in the world. The Gypsy King is widely considered to be the best current fighter in the heavyweight division, having completed his trilogy with Deontay Wilder with an 11th-round knockout in Las Vegas last weekend.
Fury remains unbeaten in his professional career, with his only slight blemish being a draw in his first encounter with Wilder. Nevertheless, Hearn is sticking to his guns when it comes to his own fighters. Despite Joshua suffering a second defeat of his career, and losing his world titles to Oleksandr Usyk, his promoter maintains that he stands above Fury.
And he has also suggested that Whyte, who looks set to face Fury next as his mandatory challenger, can cause an upset, and insisted that Fury remains unproven until he takes on more opponents. “He’s only beat one guy in the last three years,” Hearn told iFL TV.
“Maybe he beats everybody and goes down as one of the great heavyweights of all time, but to do that you have to beat the fighters of your era, you can’t just fight one guy. “So he needs to fight AJ, he needs to fight Usyk, he needs to fight Dillian, he needs to fight maybe in time [Filip] Hrgovic who is coming through the ranks, or [Joe] Joyce, whoever is there.
“He needs to stay active, he’s always talked about activity being important. Andre Ward saying, ‘no just wait’… what wait another year, so you have three fights in three years?
“And is it just me that thinks Tyson Fury against Dillian Whyte is a massive fight? That does a million-and-a-half pay-per-view buys in the UK, it sells out a stadium in the UK, it’s a massive fight, and he’s mandatory, you’re champion… take care of your mandatory and do it in a fight that’s going to make you a fortune.
“I believe Dillian Whyte can beat Tyson Fury, and I know AJ can beat Usyk, but if you’re all so confident, just get those out of the way and go and to your undisputed fight.” Hearn added: “I feel Anthony Joshua is the best heavyweight in the world and I believe he beats Tyson Fury.
“But right now when you look at what’s happened over the past couple of weeks, when you look at everything on paper, Fury is arguably [the best], maybe it’s hard to argue that he’s not, but he has beaten one guy in three years. “I’ve seen him go up a few spots in the pound-for-pound rankings after just beating a guy he beat in six rounds in his last fight.
“I just think that until he fights the other challengers in the division, how good is he? He’s really good, we know that, but I think to be that standout, pound-for-pound guy, you’ve got to beat the contenders and the champions of the division.
“He’s had one defence of his world heavyweight title but it was a great win, he showed great heart, so exciting, he’s a great character, brilliant, I’m not disputing that, I just feel to elevate up a pound-for-pound ranking on beating a guy you’ve already knocked out in six rounds in your last fight, let’s see him fight the other great dangers in the division.”