Tyson Fury has done a series of interviews this week pouring cold water on a blockbuster unification fight with Anthony Joshua. The Gypsy King claims he has stopped training and is drinking 12 pints of beer a day.
Fury also claimed that he may choose to take up Deontay Wilder’s trilogy offer instead of stepping into the ring with Joshua.
Talks have been rumbling on behind the scenes for many months to set up a fight between the two British heavyweight belt holders.
Eddie Hearn has been leading the discussions for Joshua’s camp and he warned Fury that he has to get his head back in the game after catching glimpses of the interviews.
“AJ just wants to knock Tyson Fury out,” Hearn said. “He just wants to be undisputed.
“He’s so driven and what I saw last night, in the minute I watched, I didn’t feel the energy from Tyson Fury.
“I want him to get his mojo back and start concentrating on what is a life-changing moment for our sport – the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world between two Brits.
“So maybe he’s a little bit deflated, maybe things haven’t happened for him over the last year.
“Forget about that, let’s focus on what we’ve all agreed to which is the biggest fight in boxing.
“I think we are days away – I know I have said that two and five weeks ago – but we are days away from giving everyone some good news.
“The contracts are going round for everyone’s signature, so we are nearly there.”
Hearn added: “What I would like to hear from him is ‘The only fight I want is Anthony Joshua’ because that is how we feel.
“We need the venue in place in the next 30 days. The next 28 days is the thought process of both teams.
“If we are going to deliver this fight late June, early July at the latest, we need to get that moving.”
A number of locations are being looked at to stage the mega-fight but London is unlikely to emerge with the winning bid.
“The next process is securing the venue and the site deal,” Hearn explained.
“Saudi Arabia 100 per cent want to hold the fight, but they are one of six or seven we have whittled it down to and who we are continuing talks with.”
Published at Fri, 12 Mar 2021 20:30:00 +0000