A fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury could happen in the late summer, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.
The Matchroom boss reacted to the news Fury is likely to be sanctioned to fight again by the British Boxing Board of Control, although did state Fury has something to prove before a potential Pay-Per-View blockbuster goes ahead.
“I think that was a formality but it’s great to see him back in the division,” Hearn told Sky Sports News.
“Anthony Joshua has proven time and time again that he will fight anyone and in his 21st fight, he will have been in two heavyweight unification fights and his fifth world title defence, which is incredible.
“It (Joshua v Fury) could happen in the summer. If he wants to go straight into that fight, no problem for Anthony Joshua.”
As Fury eyes a spring outing to blow off the cobwebs of a long absence, Hearn has been vocal in pitching Alexander Povetkin as a potential next foe for his star man.
Should Fury be able to prove he’s back to his best, Hearn and Joshua would then be open to beginning negotiations post-Joseph Parker.
“We want the best Tyson Fury, we don’t want a guy who comes out after two-and-a-half years, Anthony wins that one and everyone says ‘but it wasn’t the best Tyson Fury’. We want the best one possible.
“He should have some warm-up fights but if he looks bad in them, it decreases the value of the fight and it might decrease the interest for the fight, but one thing is for sure, Tyson Fury is an excellent heavyweight and Anthony Joshua wants to beat him and beat everyone,” he stated.
The fitness and skill-level of Fury is not the only obstacle that stands in the way, there’s also the stumbling block of Hearn being able to work with promotional arch-rival Frank Warren.
Fury signed on with Warren, who also helped with his BBBofC application, and it’s thought the long-time promoter would want to be involved in some capacity.
If Hearn and Fury decide to block Warren out due to a reported fight-by-fight deal, it could make things harder for the former heavyweight king to work with the BoxNation chief in the future.
It still seems as though there’s a long way to go before Joshua v Fury fight gets anywhere near the advanced stages of an agreement.