Eddie Hearn has let slip in a recent interview that he feels Tyson Fury will be facing Oleksandr Usyk, and not Anthony Joshua, in a potential undisputed heavyweight title fight.
Joshua’s promoter Hearn, who runs Matchroom Boxing, was speaking on the DAZN Boxing Show when he made the freudian slip; telling hosts that he feels if Fury waits for an undisputed bout he will be waiting on Usyk.
He was speaking about the potential of an all-British super-fight for Fury’s heavyweight belt against mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte when he made the slip-up.
“Dillian Whyte against Tyson Fury is a massive fight here,” Hearn said. “The build-up would be maybe as good as the fight.
“Dillian Whyte, we know, deserves his shot and victory over Otto Wallin would mean that nobody could deny him of that shot at the world heavyweight title.
“I had a debate with Andre Ward online yesterday, he said ‘come on, why does he have to fight Dillian Whyte?’
“I’ve asked him who else he could fight and he said ‘just sit it out’.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn slipped up in his latest interview
“I thought ‘sit it out?’ He’s had two fights in two years and he hates inactivity!
“So if he sits it out AJ is going to fight Usyk in March or April and then Usyk is going to fight Fury in September or October.
“That would be three fights in three years – let’s get a bit of momentum!”
It was likely no more than a slip of the tongue from Hearn, who has supported Joshua’s career from his professional debut through to his two reigns with the world heavyweight titles.
But there are a number of experts who would concur with that assessment if it were his true feeling, after watching the Ukrainian comfortably outbox Joshua when they met in London.
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A massive crowd of over 63,000 fans packed into the Tottenham Hotspur stadium to watch Joshua make his second unified world title defence since reclaiming the belts from Andy Ruiz two years ago.
But despite the Brit entering the ring as favourite in his hometown, he was handily beaten by former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk to once again lose his titles.
He has immediately activated his rematch clause and will face Usyk again in the early part of next year, although there have been calls made for him to step aside to allow Fury a chance to unify the division.
Fury defeated Deontay Wilder on Saturday night to defend his WBC and The Ring Magazine heavyweight titles, while Usyk holds the WBA, WBO and IBF belts, as well as the less prestigious IBO title.
The ‘Gypsy King’ has been ordered to fight Whyte next if he can’t come to terms with Usyk for an undisputed bout, which at this point seems inevitable due to Joshua’s rematch clause.