Tyson Fury’s response to Eddie Hearn regarding terms for a super-fight with Anthony Joshua were dismissed as ‘fantasy’ by the Matchroom promoter’s father, Barry.
The elder Hearn, who steered the Matchroom ship for years until handing over the reigns to Eddie, stated Fury was living on ‘Fantasy Island’ in his fight demands.
Fury had tweeted: “Eddie Hearn, please stop using my name on a daily basis to build AJ vs Parker. You have had your chance to make me vs AJ and declined many times!
“I’ve already told you it will be on my terms and the split will be 60/40 my end, see you summer/autumn 2019,” as Joshua continues preparations to meet Joseph Parker.
The 29 year-old’s split stipulation is certainly an eyebrow-raising one and could lead to a future deadlock unless Fury bends to at least 50-50.
Upon seeing Hearn’s response, which was also shared publicly on Twitter, Fury told the veteran promoter; ‘get back in your kennel you old dog’ before being told by one fan ‘he lacked class’ for his stiff retaliation.
Whatever happens from now, it seems Joshua v Fury is completely off the table for 2018 and leaves the latter without too many comeback options to consider.
To complicate things further, WBC champion Deontay Wilder is also locked into a battle with Luis Ortiz as Fury pushes on with an April or May return to action.
Unless Fury and the Hearn’s can find some common ground and current representative Frank Warren potentially backs away from his involvement, the Joshua fight could prove too tough to make and may never even make it over the line at all.