Eddie Hearn blurted out in a recent interview that he believes Tyson Fury will face Oleksandr Usyk, 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 faux pas; telling the hosts that he thinks that if Fury expects an undisputed fight, he will wait for Usyk.
He was talking about the potential for an all-British super-fight for Fury’s heavyweight belt against mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte when he made the skid.
“Dillian Whyte vs. Tyson Fury is a huge fight here,” Hearn said. “The buildup might be as good as the fight.
“Dillian Whyte, we know, deserves his shot and victory over Otto Wallin would mean no one could deny him that shot at the world heavyweight title.
“I had an online debate with Andre Ward yesterday, he said ‘come on, why does he have to fight Dillian Whyte?’
“I asked him who else he could fight and he said ‘just sit down’.
“I was like ‘sit you down?’ He’s had two fights in two years and he hates inactivity!
“So if he stays seated, AJ is going to fight Usyk in March or April, then Usyk is going to fight Fury in September or October.
“It would be three fights in three years – let’s build up some momentum!”
It was probably nothing more than a slip of the tongue from Hearn, who supported Joshua’s career from his professional debut until his two reigns with the world heavyweight titles.
But there are a number of experts who would agree with that assessment if it was his true feeling, after seeing the Ukrainian comfortably send Joshua when they met in London.
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A massive crowd of over 63,000 fans gathered in Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to watch Joshua make his second unified world title defense since reclaiming the belts from Andy Ruiz two years ago.
But despite the Briton entering the ring as a favorite in his hometown, he was handily beaten by former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk to lose his titles again.
He immediately activated his rematch clause and will face Usyk again early next year, though there have been calls for him to step down to allow Fury to unify the division.
Fury beat 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 fails to come to terms with Usyk for an undisputed fight, which at this point seems inevitable due to Joshua’s rematch clause.