Matchroom Promoter, Eddie Hearn, has named the heavyweight he believes Tyson Fury should fight next as his search for a summer dance-partner continues.
Fury was in talks for an undisputed clash with Oleksandr Usyk earlier this year, but negotiations collapsed after the Ukrainian’s team felt that they weren’t getting a fair deal.
In recent weeks, Fury has been linked to Anthony Joshua, Zhilei Zhang, Andy Ruiz Jr, Demsey McKean and Jai Opetaia, yet still remains without an opponent.
Fury even reacted to a callout from American heavyweight, Jarrell Miller, who may be controversial enough to help sell tickets, but is not ranked in the top fifteen with the WBC and would be seen as a walk over for the champion.
Instead, Hearn believes that Fury should pursue a fight with Filip Hrgovic, who is currently positioned as the mandatory challenger for the IBF title.
In an interview with iFL TV, Hearn said:
“I don’t really care if Fury fights [Oleksandr Usyk]. I think he should, for boxing, but I don’t think that he is going to do it. I don’t think he’s going to, having been out for a year, in with Oleksandr Usyk.
He should fight, in my opinion, Filip Hrgovic. But he won’t fight Filip Hrgovic, because Tyson Fury knows his boxing and he knows that it is a dangerous fight.
What he will say is ‘No one has ever heard of Filip Hrgovic, why would I fight him?’. That was the same problem with Joe Joyce, until he realised that Joyce was well beatable and now he’d probably fight Joe Joyce.”
Fury called out Joshua last week for an all British blockbuster in September, however, Hearn made it clear they weren’t prepared to derail their Deontay Wilder plans in the ‘hope’ of the offer being genuine.