Eddie Hearn has revealed that the potential cancellation of Anthony Joshua’s fight with Tyson Fury has been a “kick in the nuts” for the heavyweight champion. Tyson Fury has been ordered by a court to face Deontay Wilder before September, just hours after Fury had announced that his massive summer heavyweight showdown with Joshua would take place in Saudi Arabia on August 14.
The WBC champion has been locked in an arbitration with Wilder after failing to agree to a third bout and according to media reports, judge Daniel Weinstein has ruled that Fury must fight the Alabama man again.
Hearn has revealed that Joshua was disappointed by the news, but is hopeful that the fight between the two Brits will still go ahead this summer.
“He’s been up and down during this process like we all have, and the positivity from Team Fury this week and the acceptance that we have a deal was great for everyone,” Hearn told Matchroom Boxing’s YouTube channel.
“Everyone had started, pretty much, full training camp.
“He just said to me, ‘Listen, go and do your work. You’re the man to take care of it, over to you. I’ll be in the gym, let me know.
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“It’s just another day of ups and downs, this is the boxing business.
“As I said, it can give you the highest highs, it can kick you right in the nuts on other occasions, but we’re here, we’re breathing, he’s still the champion.
“We know what we want to do, we want to win the undisputed championship, we want to fight Tyson Fury, but if his hands are tied we have to look elsewhere.”
He added: “We can’t control [what has happened], we can’t be involved in that process, but as far as I understand it, Tyson Fury wants to fight Anthony Joshua. We have a deal to do so, August 14th in Saudi Arabia.
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“I spoke to our partners in Saudi Arabia, they weren’t best pleased either. I think the conversations are ongoing, but from our point of view, we just have to get our side in order, make sure we have our own plans.
“Hopefully [Fury’s camp] can resolve the issue and we can move forward with the August 14th fight, but it’s over to them.”
It was revealed on Tuesday morning that Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk has held talks with Hearn in a bid to secure his client a fight with Joshua if the Fury fight falls through.
But Matchroom Sport’s managing director insists that they are currently still focused on the bout with Fury.
“I’ve been focusing on Plan A. The only fight that we had our mind on was Tyson Fury,” said Hearn.
“We hope that fight can still take place on August 14, but the game changed last night where we have to have a Plan B in place, and probably a Plan C.
“We have a couple of different options. Of course, the one that springs to mind immediately is the WBO mandatory, Oleksandr Usyk.
“They’ve been quite patient and I think really we’re in a situation now where if Team Fury don’t get their act together by the end of this week, we will have no option but to look for an alternative fight.”