Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has hinted that his client, Anthony Joshua would notably vacate his WBO belt if that meant a fight with Tyson Fury was easier to facilitate.
Joshua is currently next in scheduled to face mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev later this year, but may then have to fight Oleksandr Usyk before an all-British clash with Fury can materialise.
Fury needs to defeat Deontay Wilder in their trilogy fight too, but with a two-fight “financial agreement” already in place between Joshua and Fury, a mega all-British heavyweight bout could be on the horizon in 2021, whether all the belts are on the line or not.
Questioned on the dilemma of the WBO belt, Hearn told Boxing Social, “There’s been a lot of talk about ‘give up the belt,’ but the aim for Anthony Joshua is to be the undisputed heavyweight champion.
“I know Tyson Fury has said, ‘I already had all the belts.’ I know, but you’ve never been undisputed. I hope that means something to people because it means a lot to Anthony Joshua if we get to a position where AJ is fighting Fury regardless of whether the WBO allows their title to be on the line.
“It’s almost like I want to go to Usyk and say, ‘Look, we’re going to vacate the title, but can we vacate it the day after the fight?’”
Unbeaten Ukrainian Usyk will be the WBO mandatory challenger should he beat Dereck Chisora in their fight on October 31.
Though Joshua would take on Usyk, Hearn made it clear that the Anthony Joshua vs Fury matchup is the clash the boxing world wants to see.
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