Eddie Hearn Hits Back At Suggestion He's Not In Talks For Anthony Joshua Vs Tyson Fury
Eddie Hearn has responded to the suggestion that he's not spoken to Bob Arum about Anthony Joshua fighting Tyson Fury.
Since Fury beat Wilder last month the world is desperate to see him and AJ get in the ring together for a unification fight for all of heavyweight boxing's major titles.
Hearn said as soon as the rematch in Las Vegas was over he wanted to get the fight going and has spoken about talks with Top Rank's Bob Arum, who represents Fury in America, but others have claimed talks haven't happened and Hearn is just using the potential fight to build AJ's publicity.
Now Joshua's promoter has hit back at those suggestions. "Of course I f***ing have [spoken to Bob Arum]," he told iFL TV.
"Firstly, I've been negotiating the [Kubrat] Pulev fight with him. How many times have I spoken to Bob Arum in the last three weeks? Half a dozen, a dozen.
"How many times have I spoken to Arum since the Fury fight? Four times.
"Of course I've spoken to Bob Arum. Do you think Bob's not going to call me and talk about it?"
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Whilst AJ must await the winner of the third fight between Fury and Wilder in the summer, before he can face either of them to unify the titles, he has to concentrate on beating Pulev first.
The Bulgarian, who was meant to fight the 2012 Olympic champion in 2017 but pulled out through injury, is also represented by Top Rank, meaning Hearn is currently involved with Arum.
Eighty eight-year-old Arum doesn't believe that Joshua will get the chance to face Fury as he believes Pulev will beat the IBF champ. "Take it to the bank. There won't be an Anthony Joshua after June 20," he told ESPN.
"Anthony Joshua is getting knocked out. Listen, Anthony Joshua is getting knocked out, June 20 at Tottenham Stadium in London by my guy Kubrat Pulev."
If Joshua does get through Pulev then he would once again be eyeing up the winner of the third fight between Fury and Wilder but it may not be that simple.
Should the American win the trilogy fight then there could well be a fourth meeting, considering they'd be on one win and a draw each.
AJ also needs to face WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk at some point in the future, though the Ukrainian will have to get through Dereck Chisora first.