Fury is preparing to meet Deontay Wilder for a third time in Las Vegas on Saturday October 9, having recovered from the bout of COVID which scuppered a planned July 24 date.
Joshua meanwhile will try to keep up his end of the bargain when he meets unbeaten former cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on September 25. Should the pair both come out victorious, the drums will again start to beat loudly for a unification match in early 2022.
Fury on Hearn and Joshua
Fury was asked about his feelings towards promoter Hearn when interviewed by former soccer star Gary Neville for The Overlap.
“Eddie Hearn. He is a proper southern w***er, I don’t know if you can say that on your show, can I say that on your show?”
The war of words between the Fury and Joshua camps was acrimonious in the aftermath of their planned August 14 showdown, agreed for Saudi Arabia, falling through. A blockbusting $155million site fee was all agreed before Wilder won a court ruling to force a third fight with Fury instead.
Fury responded strongly when shown a video by Neville in which AJ blames his team for the collapse of that bout. Joshua accused Team Fury of ‘bailing on the boxing world’, and said would ‘smoke’ the reigning lineal, WBC and Ring magazine heavyweight king.
My full interview with @Tyson_Fury is coming very soon and here is a glimpse of what you’re going to see.
No-one quite puts it like Tyson does 😂
Head to my YouTube channel The Overlap to watch the Xtra clip, and subscribe for the full ep coming soon 👍 pic.twitter.com/rvZLzLouLr
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) September 7, 2021
Fury said: “AJ couldn’t smoke a cigarette, never mind smoke ‘The Gypsy King’. He hasn’t got the minerals to fight a man like me. I said to Eddie Hearn straight, the difference in me and him is – he’s a businessman and I’m a Spartan. I will absolutely annihilate that bodybuilder.”
Fury re-iterated that Hearn once had the opportunity to sign him, revealing: “He has, he had the opportunity to do it. I believe he said in one of his interviews, it was the biggest regret of his life that he didn’t sign ‘The Gypsy King’ up.”