Lineal heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury has given his thoughts to WBN on a possible fight between IBF title holder Charles Martin and Anthony Joshua.
American Martin, 29, claimed Fury’s old belt against Vyacheslav Glazkov last month following the IBF’s decision to relieve the unified king of one of his straps and Joshua opened talks this week to be the first challenger.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has been vocal in stating his desire to make the fight, on the back of Martin’s manager Mike Borao informing WBN that an encounter with Joshua in London appeals to them. Should tentative negotiations be successful, Martin v Joshua is pencilled in for an April 9 date in London.
Despite apparent dialogue between both camps, Fury, 27, is highly sceptical that the contest will make it across the finish line and sees Martin’s advisor Al Haymon favouring an in-house unification with WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
“Nothing’s done until it’s done and I don’t think the fight will happen, to be honest,” Fury exclusively told World Boxing News over the phone on Wednesday.
“I think Al Haymon will make the fight between Deontay Wilder and Charles Martin.
“Even though Wilder has to fight Alexander Povetkin, a unification with Martin comes before a mandatory, so that’s the fight that’ss going to get made.
“It will be an all-American showdown in Las Vegas, or something, rather than sending Martin over to the UK for Joshua. I don’t see the fight happening, but if it does it does and it’s a good fight for both of them.
“Charles Martin will earn a good few quid because he’s got the title and Joshua has got the opportunity to get the belt he wants.”
Asked if it may be too early for 26 year-old Joshua following 15 victories since turning pro, Fury replied: “Not really, no. If you’re good enough, you’re good enough aren’t you?
“But it’s not really a title now anyway as it’s a paper title, the IBF. It wasn’t won, it was stripped from the lineal champion.
“But Eddie Hearn knows that if he can get Charles Martin’s belt, that sets up a massive fight between me and AJ,” he added.