Eddie Hearn has insisted that the winner of the rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder cannot avoid a unification fight with Anthony Joshua.
Joshua reclaimed the WBA, WBO and, IBO IBF straps with victory over Andy Ruiz Jr. in a rematch in Saudi Arabia back in December and now has his sights set on a clash with the victor.
Watford man Joshua must first take on Kubrat Pulev, his IBF mandatory, with Hearn hinting that the finer details of that clash will be revealed sooner rather than later.
And in an interview with talkSPORT, Hearn says that a fight between ‘AJ’ and either Fury, 31, or 34-year-old ‘Bronze Bomber’ Wilder must happen before the trio hang up their gloves.
“The winner has to fight Anthony Joshua, there’s no doubt about it,” he said. "Fury is talking a brilliant game for this fight and he’s an excellent self-promoter. The fact is, we have made offers to Fury and Wilder of 60 per cent to 40 per cent way before they were as relevant as they are now and they both turned it down.”
Hearn stated that Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium as well as Arsenal’s Emirates are potential settings for Joshua’s London homecoming.
“We have been actively trying to make this fight [with Wilder and/or Fury],” he added. “We’ve been round the houses, it’s been talked about for ages.
“60-40 [is what we offered] to both and they wanted 50-50. Maybe we will have to make that offer next, but there’s no point talking about a deal until that fight is over –– but when that fight is over we have got to get it made.”
It is understood that there is a clause in the fight contract between Wilder and Fury –– which is also for the vacant Ring Magazine heavyweight title –– that a third fight will take place later in the year.
"We believe Joshua is the best fighter in the world, Fury believes he’s the best in the world, Wilder believes it as well,” said Hearn. “Everybody has got their opinions but the proof is in the pudding.
"Wilder vs. Fury doesn’t tell you who the best heavyweight in the world is, the winner of that fight against AJ tells you who the best heavyweight in the world is and we have to see it.”