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Hearn: Joshua-Fury possible for end of 2018

Eddie Hearn says Tyson Fury needs a couple fights, and to get in shape, before he fights Anthony Joshua.

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Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn has seemed keen on putting together what would be a huge British showdown between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, be he knows that won't be happening in the immediate future.

In a conversation with ESPN, Hearn says he would ideally like to have Joshua take on Joseph Parker, Deontay Wilder, and then Tyson Fury at the end of the year, but that Fury has to get serious about his demands when discussing the fight, saying Fury wants more than a 50-50 split, which he finds laughable. Hearn also makes it a point to say that Fury needs to get serious about losing some weight if he wants to take on Joshua.

"I saw him saying that joking aside he wasn't really doing anything serious [in training] and had a long way to go. He can't really run properly at the moment because he's so heavy so is doing other things.

Hearn rates a potential Joshua-Fury fight as the biggest fight to make in British boxing and says it's a good sign to even have Fury training at all at this point.

"I think there's a chance for it for the end of the year. In an ideal world, AJ would fight three times against Parker, Wilder and Fury. That's a dream land scene but we must fight two of those so if Fury has to wait, then it will be spring 2019 and Anthony is fine with that."

Hearn finished by saying he expects the British Boxing Board of Control to re-license Fury to box again in January or February, now that's he settled up with U.K. Anti-Doping. If so, that could perhaps pave the way for an end of the year clash, but Hearn's trio of fights seems a little too optimistic for this sport.

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