Eddie Hearn says Tyson Fury voluntary ‘for the future’, not part of AJ’s ‘ultimate plan’

Joshua v Fury 25/01/2018

Eddie Hearn sees a massive clash between UK heavyweight rivals Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury going ahead at some point once the dust settles on two potential unifications.

The first of those happens when Joshua takes on Joseph Parker on March 31, with the victor walking away with four of the five title belts currently on offer.

Mandatory duties against Alexander Povetkin are then likely to follow for ‘AJ’ before a massive contest with Deontay Wilder for all the top division marbles.

That leaves Fury out in the cold for the considerable future as a WBA ‘regular’ bout opposite Manuel Charr would seemingly by the only solid option.

Hearn is confident Joshua and Fury will eventually collide, but only after the Olympic gold medallist cleans up all the championship against Parker and Wilder.

“Everybody wants to see Tyson Fury back and I believe we’ll see him back,” Hearn told Sky Sports.

“Like I said in interviews last week, we’re ready to make the fight.

“It’s not a fight that’s made over social media, it’s a fight that’s made in the boardroom.

“It’s tricky to make, because it’s a voluntary defence for Anthony Joshua, but yes it’s a voluntary defence against a contender in Tyson Fury that is a former champion, does have a huge amount of value in the fight as well.

“We’re ready to make that fight, but when you’re in fights like Joshua against Parker, there is no point talking about Tyson Fury and overlooking him.

“That’s something for the future, if Anthony can be successful on March 31.

“We have to deal with what’s real, what is available, and the ultimate plan – forgetting Tyson Fury – is to win every belt,” he added.

Fury is set to return from over two years out in April or May after already losing several stones in weight during intensive training camp since late last year.