Anthony Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, admits he is currently looking at alternative fights for his client after an arbitrator ordered Tyson Fury to fight Deontay Wilder for the third time by September 15.
On Sunday, Fury announced that a deal was finally done for him to square off against Joshua for all the heavyweight belts in Saudi Arabia on August 14.
Just a couple of days later the fight appears to be off due to the ruling and the fact Fury’s co-promoter, Bob Arum, refuses to pay Wilder to step aside.
Hearn gave his reaction to the news on the Matchroom Boxing YouTube channel.
“The only fight that we had our mind on was Tyson Fury, and we hope that that fight can still take place on August 14th. The game changed last night, where we have to have a plan B in place and probably a plan C as well. We have a couple of different options. Of course, the one that springs to mind immediately is the WBO mandatory of Oleksandr Usyk.
The English promoter is prepared to give Fury’s team one week to sort the situation out before he begins exploring alternative options for his fighter.
“If Team Fury don’t get themselves together, get their act together, by the end of this week, we will have no option but to look for an alternative fight. AJ wants to fight this summer. Oleksandr Usyk is the mandatory, we have two or three other options as well. It would be in an ideal world, if the right deal could be done to maintain those belts and to keep the fight alive for probably December, but for the undisputed as well.
Hearn has already spoke with Usyk’s promoter about a potential fight this summer.
“I had a very good conversation this morning with Alex Krassyuk, he’s a partner of ours, he’s worked very well on Oleksandr Usyk,” Hearn said. “I just sort of said to him, I’m just very honest, you know, Team Fury are trying to resolve the issue, If they don’t, there’s a very good chance we could be fighting you.”
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