Eddie Hearn offers Tyson Fury three-fight plan for 2018

WBN 15/12/2017

Eddie Hearn has stuck his neck out and offered Tyson Fury the chance to face three Matchroom boxers in the coming year.

Fury, 29, finished a two-year ban from boxing on December 12 and is ready to fight again in the coming months after losing some excess poundage.

Hearn is eyeing a massive clash with Anthony Joshua in late 2018 and says Fury facing two other heavyweights from his stable could lead nicely into a blockbuster Pay-Per-View match-up.

“The good news is he’s now served his ban. It looks almost inevitable that we’ll see him return to boxing, which is great for the sport,” Hearn told Sky Sports this week.

“We’ve got three fights for him. He can fight Dillian Whyte on the comeback, then Tony Bellew and then he can have Anthony Joshua.

“Team Joshua are over the moon because we want as many contenders as possible and we want the biggest fights, and Tyson Fury has to go down on that list.

“Tyson knows he has to come back in a fight or two, but we’re ready and waiting.

“We’ve had a couple of texts backwards and forwards about his idea of how a deal should work. He wants a lot more than a 50/50 split, he’s already told me.

“Certainly that’s a fight that’s on everybody’s minds right now,” he added.

By his own admission, Fury will need to shake off some ring rust and facing someone like Whyte or a David Price could fit nicely into his thinking.

A summer step-up would then be required, although with Bellew facing David Haye in a rematch, Fury would be forced to wait until at least August or September depending on how their May 5 bout pans out.

Supporters of Fury would potentially like just one April warm-up before Joshua in July or August at Wembley Stadium, with Price the most likely domestic opponent right now.

Should Fury go the International route and avoid the British Boxing Board of Control altogether, former world champion Shannon Briggs would be a decent option but push the one-time ruler further away from Joshua.