22
Apr
2019

Hearn scoffs at Fury plan, places Usyk higher for mandatory Joshua shot

World Boxing News 23/03/2019
Eddie Hearn

📸 Dave Thompson

Eddie Hearn has laughed at lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury’s forthcoming fight with undefeated German Tom Schwarz.

As World Boxing News exclusively confirmed on Saturday, Fury will battle Schwarz on his debut under the Top Rank / ESPN banner.

Promoter Bob Arum told WBN in a world exclusive interview: “We wanted to get a guy who hadn’t tasted a loss. Tyson is such a big, big guy, we didn’t want to put him in with a small guy and Schwarz is a big, big guy. It will make a really compelling fight.

“He was quite willing to take the fight. The terms were negotiated and the idea that he wanted to and is able to fight Tyson Fury. This was never in doubt,” he concluded.

Hearn, speaking to Boxing Social, couldn’t help but scoff at the choice of opponent: “It’s a terrible fight when you go from re-matching Deontay Wilder to then fighting Tom Schwartz.

“I have to admire Tyson Fury. If he’s getting paid the type of money he’s reportedly getting paid to fight Tom Schwarz, congratulations.”

On whether Fury remains in with a chance of fighting Anthony Joshua, Hearn’s number one guy, the Matchroom boss added:

“(Cruiserweight king, Oleksandr) Usyk would be mandatory for Joshua. When you’re a super champion at the weight below and you move up in weight you become automatic mandatory.

“I don’t think Tyson wants to be a mandatory at 30%. He’s already been offered 40%. (to fight Joshua).”


MANDATORY

Reports that Fury was taking on Schwarz in order to gain a WBO mandatory chance were subsequently shot down by Hearn’s comments.

Dillian Whyte is currently ranked first by the World Boxing Organization, although was ruled by AJ for a possible rematch.

Joshua battles Jarrell Miller on June 1st before Kubrat Pulev is then in line as IBF stipulation.

In the first half of 2020, it had been hoped that Joshua would face Wilder in an undisputed unification.

Judging by Hearn’s comments, it’s more likely to be Usyk for Joshua, leaving Wilder to hopefully land a return with Fury.

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