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Eddie Hearn: Undisputed title unification is the priority for Anthony Joshua

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Hearn says he hopes Wilder doesn’t go through with his immediate rematch so he can try to stage Fury-Joshua.

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Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn has been tearing up the media scene ever since this past Saturday night, clamoring for an undisputed heavyweight title unification bout between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.

So with Hearn talking on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show yesterday, Hearn was asked if Joshua is already locked into a fight with mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev, or if he’s still hoping to work something out with Fury’s team.

“We want the Tyson Fury fight next. AJ called me yesterday and said ‘How do we make this fight happen?’ We have a mandatory in Kubrat Pulev. The great thing about the whole situation is Bob Arum promotes both Tyson Fury and Kubrat Pulev, so there is clearly a deal to be done if — and you are quite right — if Deontay Wilder excercises his rematch clause, there’s nothing we can do. That fight’s happening and we accept that...

“I hope he doesn’t but I’m confident he will. I mean, what else is he gonna do? If he walks away from the rematch, he has to fight what, a tune up bout? That basically says ‘I’m a beaten individual.’ Anthony Joshua, when he lost to Andy Ruiz, everyone said ‘oh he shouldn’t rematch Andy Ruiz, he should come back, take a bit of time, get his confidence back.’ Listen, from the moment we sat in the dressing room after the fight, all we talked about was the rematch.

“And now we’ll see the championship mindset of Deontay Wilder. So kind of it is out of our hands but I want to make one thing clear: if there is no rematch we want to do everything we can to make AJ against Fury next. If Wilder comes out and announces he wants the rematch, no problem, we fight Kubrat Pulev — looks like June 20th at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in front of 70,000, AJ comes home to fight in London. But for us, for AJ, the clear priority has always been undisputed and if there’s a chance to fight Fury next, we will grab it with both hands.”

Recent news reports suggest that Wilder does in fact intend to exercise his immediate rematch clause, but with some apparent turmoil in his camp we’ll just have to see how things develop.