FILE PHOTO: Anthony Joshua celebrates after successful the heavyweight boxing match between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua for the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles in Diriya, close to the Saudi capital on December 7, 2019. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn needs a blockbuster heavyweight unification combat with Tyson Fury this 12 months after Fury battered Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas to turn into a two-time world champion.
Fury introduced Wilder’s five-year reign as WBC heavyweight champion to a halt in seven rounds of their rematch on Saturday.
Fourteen months after their dramatic split-decision draw, Fury dominated the American — who had blood dripping from his left ear and leaking from his mouth when referee Kenny Bayless known as a halt as Wilder’s nook threw within the towel.
“The king has returned to the top of the throne,” mentioned Fury, who had dropped Wilder within the third and fifth rounds as he remained unbeaten whereas handing Wilder the primary defeat of his profession.
The query is, what occurs subsequent? Will there be a Wilder-Fury half three or a historic assembly with Joshua?
Fury and Hearn are each anticipating Wilder, who has a re-match clause, to ask for a 3rd combat however Hearn is impatient to stage “the biggest fight in the history of the sport”.
“No need for a third let’s go straight to it in the summer!” tweeted the promoter.
Joshua holds the WBA, IBF and WBO titles after successful his rematch towards Andy Ruiz Jr final 12 months and Hearn believes the 2 camps now have a once-in-a-lifetime likelihood to make a unification combat occur.
“What a time for British boxing,” Hearn mentioned on TalkSport radio. “To have one world heavyweight champion can be nice however to have two with all of the belts, we’ll by no means see it once more.
“I’ve mentioned and I’ll make this clear, we now have to make this combat occur. We are going to by no means get the prospect for 2 Brits to combat for an undisputed heavyweight world championship.
“I’ll promise you we’ll do all the things we will to make this combat occur.”
Joshua anticipating Fury combat
Hearn mentioned Joshua, 30, was desirous to step into the ring with 31-year-old Fury and wouldn’t be daunted regardless of watching his demolition of Wilder.
“I have already spoken to AJ, he wants this fight,” added Hearn. “He has zero worry of preventing Tyson Fury and he needs to be undisputed.
“Each nation on the planet will attempt to get this combat — for me it ought to occur within the UK. First issues first, let’s get the combat made.”
Former British world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, who was on the bout in Las Vegas, mentioned Fury had “solved the puzzle that was Wilder”.
“Congrats to Tyson Fury on a huge win and bossing his way to the WBC & Ring Heavyweight straps,” he tweeted. “Once again you showed up big. @BronzeBomber (Deontay Wilder) keep your head up and learn from this.”
Britain’s Frank Bruno, who gained the WBC heavyweight title in 1995, tweeted: “So proud of what this man has achieved over the last few years. What an achievement. Again, he goes to the lion’s den, never ducks a man. I love that WBC belt and I love that Fury is the holder. Congratulations boss.”
British former world cruiserweight champion Glenn McCrory believes Fury is boxing his means in direction of being thought of among the many biggest of all time.
McCrory mentioned on TalkSport: “Some time in the past I mentioned, and I used to be laughed at, that in years to come back Tyson Fury will probably be remembered in the identical ilk as Muhammad Ali and he’s on his means.
“Folks mentioned I used to be silly, however there may be nothing just like the Gypsy King.”