The man at the top of Matchroom, Eddie Hearn, has called a potential fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury as “the biggest fight in the history of the sport”.
AJ, the former unified world heavyweight champion, has a rematch against Oleksandr Usyk looming.
Joshua takes on the Ukrainian at the Jeddah Superdome in Saudi Arabia on August 20, exclusively live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK, looking to regain the WBA Super, IBO, IBO and WBO titles and become a three-time global ruler.
But his promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that he wants to get back to fighting twice a year.
The Matchroom Boxing head indicated recently that the plan is for Joshua to fight again before the end of the year, possibly in December, regardless of the outcome of the clash against the former undisputed cruiserweight champion.
Speaking on The DAZN Boxing Show, Hearn said:
“We really want to get active with AJ.”
Joshua, 32, has been effectively a twice-a-year fighter going back to 2018, but he has only fought once a year for the past two years, largely due to the pandemic.
And Hearn is eager to get his star charge – who won Olympic gold in London back in 2012 – on a more active schedule.
“I think he’s struggled with activity mainly through the pandemic but also because of the size of his shows.
“He wants to – win, lose, or draw – fight in December.”
Tyson Fury, the WBC champion, is said to be ending his self-imposed sabbatical before the end of the year, potentially with a trilogy outing against Derek Chisora.
But Hearn reckons the undisputed fight is just around the corner and made some bold statements about the size of the fight:
“Obviously, we’re going for the win [against Usyk] and I believe he is going to be victorious and if so we’d look straight for the Tyson Fury fight for undisputed.
“It’s the biggest fight out there in boxing, the biggest fight of all time.
“The key for AJ is activity, for sure.
“I believe actually that AJ-Fury will happen regardless of August 20.
“As I said, if and when AJ wins, that fight is the biggest fight in the history of the sport. Not just in our generation — the history of the sport.”