Anthony Joshua’s agent and promoter, Eddie Hearn, has revealed that the British-Nigerian boxing champion wants to fight against Tyson Fury next time, after seeing Fury sensibly beat Deontay Wilder in 7 round knockout on Sunday morning at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
It was the second time that Fury and Wilder fought, after a tie in the first collision in December 2018, and with the win, Fury now has the WBC heavyweight belt while retaining the heavyweight championship belt from Lineal and Ring magazine.
The victory of Fury now means that Britain has all the belts in the heavyweight division boxed and Hearn has revealed that Joshua wants a unit bolt against Fury, a match that, if agreed, will determine the true king of the heavyweight division.
During the Weekend Sports Breakfast show on Sunday morning, Joshua’s promoter said he would do anything to set up a monster-British confrontation.
“I’ve already talked to AJ and he wants to go this fight next,” said Matchroom supremo Hearn.
“We have to let this fight take place. We will never have the chance for two Britons to fight for an undisputedly tough world championship.
“I promise you that we will do everything to fight this fight. It must happen. “
Wilder has the option of entering a third fight with Fury this summer, but Hearn hopes the American will not do this after he was well and truly destroyed by Fury before his team threw the towel in the seventh round.
“I don’t think anyone wants to see a third fight because it was so convincing, but we’ll see if he practices that clause,” Hearn continued.
“I probably expect Wilder to do that – I don’t see where else he should go.
“But our mandatory [IBF] challenger, Kubrat Pulev, is also promoted by Bob Arum, just like Tyson Fury, so there is a very easy maneuver there if Wilder does not accept the rematch to continue straight to this undisputed fight in the summer We must insist on that in the first instance.
“If Wilder comes back and says,” No, I have my rematch, “that’s scheduled for July or August, and it doesn’t really matter, because we’re fighting Pulev on Spurs in June and this fight is taking place in November / December. But our preference goes right in, because if we go in right away, it would be undisputed.
“We will never get this opportunity in this sport to do this again with two Britons.
“I have already spoken to AJ – he wants to continue in this fight right away. He loves the Tyson fight, he has no fear of fighting Tyson Fury.
“He has already experienced everything and he wants to be undisputed and this is the chance for our sport to have one of those legacy moments that we will never have the chance to get again.”
“I heard from his camp that he was going to be aggressive and go for it and I thought it was absolute madness and it was genius from him and his team,” he said.
“Just a great achievement. What a time for British boxing – an incredible night.
“I felt he could school him, but I didn’t think he could school him and beat him up, and he did.”