Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn has refuted several whispers he’s on the verge of completing the stunning signing of ex-world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.
A recent social media post by Fury stating ‘a massive deal’ was on the horizon led some to believe joining Hearn’s stable was a distinct possibility.
Fury had previously attended a Matchroom show in late 2017 where the rumours first began, although Hearn has now moved to rule out an imminent deal.
“There have been a lot of rumours that he will join up with us. That’s not true, as far as I know,” Hearn exclusively told Sky Sports.
“We’re not close to any kind of agreement. We’ve had some conversations. I think he’s talking to other (promoters) right now.”
Discussing further, Hearn said he’d be open to negotiating a contract with Fury in order to make some massive clashes with British rivals further down the line.
“If he comes with us, there’s a very straightforward road into a lot of heavyweight fights. Anthony Joshua, Dillian Whyte, Tony Bellew,” he explained. “Ultimately the grand prize is Joshua because that is a huge fight.”
Joshua has already been linked to a huge battle with Deontay Wilder in 2018 as Fury nears a comeback date from two and a half year absence.
Most UK fans would want Joshua v Fury over Wilder despite the fact the top division ranks would be completely unified if ‘AJ’ fought the later.
The best plan may well be Joshua beating Parker before then facing Wilder and claiming all five belts before making the Fury encounter even bigger once it transpires.
Fury has been informed by Hearn that any signing with Frank Warren could kill the Joshua fight, whilst Mick Hennessy will be hoping the lineal title holder decides to stay put long-term.