Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing promotes Joshua, and Fury Sr is so confident of the outcome of the fight the whole of Britain wants to see, he’s challenged the Essex sports magnate to put everything he has on it.
The Furys appeard on BT Sport’s ‘What Went Down’ show – which will air this coming weekend – and as one might expect, they provided some entertaining chat.
Father John was outspoken as ever, goading Hearn by roaring: “I’ll tell you what I’ll do, I will bet Eddie Hearn everything. I’ll put him and his dad (Matchroom president Barry Hearn) in the dole queue, I’ll put them in the dole queue. All them fighters know they can’t beat Tyson. You can’t beat heart and the Furys have got bags of it, bags of heart.”
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"I'll bet Eddie Hearn everything and I'll put him and his dad in the dole queue!"
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Tyson himself meanwhile has never been short on confidence, and added: “There hasn’t been a heavyweight from any era in the last thousand years that could’ve beat me. I’m the greatest fighter that’s ever lived. How about that for a bit of modesty.”
The drums have been beating for months now about a possible all-British heavyweight title unification match, but first the two fighters have contracted assignments they must safely negotiate this year.
Fury has the tricky task of facing Deontay Wilder for a third time with the American ‘Bronze Bomber’ still smarting from being handed a first professional defeat by ‘The Gypsy King’ back in February. The latest speculation says that bout could even take place in Sydney over Christmas.
Joshua meanwhile has a mandatory title defence lined up against 39-year-old Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev (28-1). That had been slated to take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on June 20 but now a new venue is being sought after the COVID-19 pandemic put paid to that date.