Frank Warren has responded to comments from Eddie Hearn about reigniting the Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua fight for this summer.
Throughout media interviews this week, Hearn has been clear that if, for whatever reason, the Fury-Usyk undisputed fight failed to materialise, then Joshua would step in to take on ‘The Gypsy King’ this summer.
Speaking to iFL TV, Hearn said:
“I don’t know what’s going to happen with the Usyk [vs Fury] thing, he may fight Fury next.
We would be open for that fight. If Usyk doesn’t fight Fury, AJ will fight Fury next in the summer if he gets through Franklin. How about that. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it – he will.
I have no idea whether Fury-Usyk is going to happen I can only give you my opinion, but I’m telling you if that fight doesn’t happen we will take the Fury fight. He [Joshua] will take that fight, he will take the Wilder fight he’d take them all.
Don’t be surprised to see that fight [AJ vs Fury] in the summer if the other one don’t happen.”
From what seemed like a certainty that Fury and Usyk would fight it out to crown the first undisputed heavyweight of the four belt era, now looks to be hanging on a knife-edge. The one thing that does look certain however, is that Fury won’t be stepping in the ring against AJ anytime soon.
Speaking to SecondsOut, Warren said:
“I wouldn’t even want to go down that road again. We wasted a lot of time. I know you’ve got the people who wonder who was telling the truth, we were telling the truth.
When you look at it, he never had a trainer or anything so what on earth were we negotiating for to fight in December, it’s just a waste of everybody’s time.
I don’t want to keep going back to Tyson, Tyson won’t even entertain it at the moment, absolutely not. I don’t even want to bring up Anthony Joshua’s name to him.”
So it seems that fight fans can rule out ‘The Battle of Britain’ happening this year and are left waiting and hoping for more positive news about the undisputed clash.