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2019

Eddie Hearn makes last gasp attempt for Joshua v Fury as deadline looms

World Boxing News 14/01/2019

📸 Ed Mulholland

Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn has offered Tyson Fury the chance to fight Anthony Joshua on April 13 at Wembley Stadium.

Apparently running out of time and options for a long-planned date at England’s National Arena, Hearn has implored Fury to accept the fight.

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Hearn was thought to have already nailed down Dillian Whyte for the spot. Although ‘The Bodysnatcher’ revealed he turned down a lowball offer.

Just days later, Hearn seems to be struggling to secure an opponent having given himself until the end of January to sign contracts.

Jarrell Miller is an option for a US debut should Whyte, Fury or Wilder not be accepting.

Taking AJ across the Atlantic would obviously mean cancelling with Wembley officials. Something it’s reported Hearn wants to avoid.

Speaking to make a last-ditch attempt, Hearn made his plea on IFL TV: “Tyson Fury, you want the fight? – You can have the fight on April 13.

“You know the terms. So you believe you can fight Anthony Joshua, let’s do it, April 13. “He (Fury) knows the money he can make for this fight.”

Extending his offer to WBC champion Deontay Wilder and former opponent Whyte,” Hearn added: “Wilder, Fury, Dillian, all three have an opportunty to fight Joshua on April 13.

“One of them. Whoever comes up and takes that opportunity can fight for the IBF, WBO, WBA and IBO heavyweight championship of the world.”

It’s revealing for Hearn to be this vocal about an offer so close to a fight date looming for his star man.

Joshua (📸 Lawrence Lustig) could now be leaning towards a New York fight at Madison Square Garden or even Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Delaying that move until August or September may be the only resort for Hearn to consider, though. Having done all he could to find a potential replacement for Joshua on April 13.

A welterweight clash between Kell Brook and Amir Khan was earmarked for the date. That was until Khan accepted an offer from Terence Crawford.

It’s all a bit of a mess for Joshua, who will have to up his offer to Whyte in order to save what was said to be the original choice for his 23nd pro bout.


JOSHUA’S REALISTIC OPTIONS:

Dillian Whyte (Wembley)

Jarrell Miller (New York)

Luis Ortiz (UK or US)

UNREALISTIC:

Deontay Wilder

Tyson Fury

Wladimir Klitschko

Oleksandr Usyk

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