Eddie Hearn, promoter for former two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, is backing Oleksandr Usyk to overcome Tyson Fury in a potential undisputed showdown.
Last Saturday in Saudi Arabia, Usyk retained the WBA, IBF, IBO, WBO heavyweight titles when he outboxed Joshua over twelve rounds in their anticipated rematch.
Usyk, who unified the entire cruiserweight division and went to heavyweight in 2019, captured the unified titles when he defeated Joshua, by unanimous decision, last September at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Hearn has been on the losing end of both Joshua fights, but tremendously respect the abilities of the unbeaten fighter and fully backs, despite the huge size difference, to beat Fury.
“I would favor Oleksandr Usyk in that fight. I just think he’s so good. They’re both very intelligent fighters. It’s actually not a very good fight to watch but it’s an intriguing fight to watch. Tyson Fury doesn’t want to fight Usyk, but he may have to because the money is so big,” Hearn told The DAZN Boxing Show.
Fury was last seen in action back in April, when he retained the WBC world title by knocking out mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte in six rounds.
Fury would recently announce his intention to retire from the sport – but then a few days later he openly vowed to return to the ring to batter Usyk for the undisputed crown.
Their respective promoters are currently in talks to stage the fight. The month of December is being eyed for a date – and Saudi Arabia is said to be a frontrunner to host the event. There is some discussion of a two-fight agreement, where the second meeting would take place in the UK.