With everything on the boxing schedule coming to a halt as the world deals with the coronavirus outbreak, Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn is still salivating at the thought that he might somehow be able to pull off an undisputed title unification between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury. Hearn is aware that it might be a long shot, but tells Sky Sports that Joshua-Fury could take priority over Joshua’s IBF mandatory title defense against Kubrat Pulev.
“Well I think, all of a sudden, does the Joshua-Fury fight start taking priority, maybe over a Pulev fight, if the Pulev fight extends beyond the summer. There’s so much that could happen right now.
“I mean anything is possible, but contractually Deontay Wilder is going to want his fight next, whether that’s in July or whether there’s a force majeure that takes that to October, November wherever.”
Wilder is contracted to rematch Fury for a third time but Hearn has previously mentioned that he doesn’t think Fury will be satisfied with the money available to him in a third Wilder fight. That, on the surface however, seems like Hearn hoping to sew some seeds of discontent if there’s any chance at all he can skip to the big undisputed fight he’s been longing for.
Fight fans would love to see that happen right away too I’d imagine, but we’ve also been taught not to expect nice things on a regular basis. Let’s just hope there’s at least some chance that might come together before the calendar year is out.