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Hearn: Fury-Joshua Will Happen

Promoter Eddie Hearn believes a heavyweight clash between WBC king Tyson Fury and former unified champion Anthony Joshua is destined to happen within the next year.

Fury and Joshua looked set to meet for the undisputed heavyweight championship last year, before an arbitration ruling meant Fury had to face Deontay Wilder for the third time.

Fury stopped Wilder in the 11th round of an instant classic in which the pair exchanged five knockdowns. Joshua instead faced his WBO mandatory Oleksandr Usyk, who dethroned the Brit via unanimous decision in September.

“I think the AJ-Fury fight is still the fight,” Hearn told the DAZN Boxing Show. “That’s the fight that people still want to see and will always be there. The bigger the better.

“That fight, I promise you, will happen, whether that’s late this year or early next year, Fury vs. AJ is a dead cert to happen because it’s too big a fight not to.”