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Eddie Hearn maps out ‘dream’ Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury plan and confirms rematch clause for Oleksandr Usyk fight

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn hopes Anthony Joshua will finally face Tyson Fury after Oleksandr Usyk.

Today it was confirmed that world heavyweight champion Joshua will fight Usyk, his mandatory WBO challenger, on September 25 at the Tottenham Hostpur Stadium.

Joshua will defend his titles against Usyk in two months’ time

Joshua will defend his titles against Usyk in two months’ time

AJ had been gearing up to fight WBC champion Fury in an all-British unification bout to crown the first undisputed heavyweight king since Lennox Lewis in 2000.

But the ‘Gypsy King’ was forced into a third fight with Deontay Wilder after an arbitration case – and that bout has since been pushed back to October 9 after Fury tested positive for COVID-19 during his training camp.

Joshua vs Fury feels further away than ever, but AJ’s promoter Hearn is cautiously hopeful the two Brits will be each other’s next opponent.

Fury will do battle with Wilder for a third time

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Fury will do battle with Wilder for a third time

“I’d love to say yes,” Hearn told talkSPORT when asked if it will ever happen. “I hope and pray.

“I don’t really believe a lot that comes from that side. I hope their fight [Fury vs Wilder] happens in October and I hope Fury wins.

“Right now, the way everything’s gone, let’s just beat Usyk on September 25 – that’s going to be a tough fight.

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“But that is the dream. The dream has always been for AJ to be undisputed world champion and we won’t stop until that happens.”

While unproven at heavyweight level, Ukrainian Usyk represents a fierce test for Joshua, having dominated and conquered the cruiserweight division before moving up.

Hearn also confirmed a rematch clause for WBO, WBA and IBF champion Joshua if he loses those belts to Usyk.

Hearn gave talkSPORT a glimpse of his plans after Joshua and Fury’s upcoming fights

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Hearn gave talkSPORT a glimpse of his plans after Joshua and Fury’s upcoming fights

“Yes, there will be [a rematch clause]. It’s a two-fight deal in that respect,” Hearn added.

“If he wins the fight, he’ll move on and he will hopefully fight the winner of Wilder vs Fury.”

While Hearn is excited to stage Joshua vs Usyk, a thrilling prospect in its own right and the first boxing event at Spurs, the promoter understands disappointment over the Fury debacle.

“We were moving towards the Fury fight, then all of a sudden he pulled out and couldn’t take it,” Hearn continued.

Joshua vs Fury remains the dream for every boxing fan

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Joshua vs Fury remains the dream for every boxing fan

“We had to face our mandatory, which happens to be Usyk. It’s Olympic gold vs Olympic gold at London 2012.

“Unified world heavyweight champion against undisputed cruiserweight champion – it’s a real fight.

“As disappointed as many of us were about the Fury fight, this is the next biggest fight out there. It’s going to be a great fight.”





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