Anthony Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has revealed the bizarre conversation between him and former heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury.
The self-proclaimed Gypsy King will be making his return to the ring on June 9 against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.
As well as announcing his comeback, Fury also penned a lucrative deal with boxing promoter Frank Warren, who’s managed some of Britain’s most famous fighters, including ‘Prince’ Naseem Hamed, Nigel Benn, Joe Calzaghe, Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan – who’s now with Hearn.
However, before joining Warren’s stable, Fury was very close to signing up with Hearn, who happens to be the promoter of the current IBF, WBA (Super), IBO and WBO heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua.
In a series of text messages revealed by Hearn, the loudmouth Mancunian, who remains undefeated, had spoken to the promoter about joining him, which would have also guaranteed sold-out PPV fight between him and Joshua in 2019.
Speaking to iFL TV Hearn said:
He don’t want the Joshua fight, just yet. He wants four easy paydays and then maybe the Joshua fight.
We spoke last Tuesday. Tyson’s a character. He’d call me up and he’d say, ‘right, I want to fight these geezers.
He’d send me through the list. I mean, I genuinely mean this, you [Kugan Cassius] might be able to beat them. Some of the people he sent through.
‘So I want four of them, and then give me 50-50 with Josh’. I’m like, ‘mate, you want 50-50 with AJ?!’. ‘Yep, I’ll sign the deal now.’.
Hearn went onto reveal the two started ‘taking the p*ss out of each other’ as they went back and forth with negotiations.
Towards the end of their verbal sparring, Fury told him ‘right, I’m going to phone Josh now.’
Hearn went onto say:
So he phoned Josh, and Josh called me. He was like, ‘Fury’s been calling me.’.
I said, ‘yeah he wants 50-50 in a fight.’ He started laughing.
And then he text Josh and said, ‘look, just sign now, let’s do it. Let me have these four fights and then sign now for 50-50.’
As we know all three parties were unable to come to a mutual agreement, which lead to Fury signing up with Frank Warren.
Speaking to the BBC about his new fighter, Warren said Fury was ‘already fit’ but would be keeping himself ‘busy’ to be in ‘fighting fit’ condition come June 9.
On March 31 Joshua beat New Zeland’s Joseph Parker on points to clinch the WBO title. The Watford-born heavyweight now holds four of the five heavyweight titles and is gunning for a unification fight with America’s Deontay Wilder – who currently holds the WBC title.
However, it seems the WBA could be standing in his way, as they’re ordering him to begin negotiations with Russia’s mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin.
Fury hasn’t been in the ring since his ‘masterclass’ display against the former heavyweight champion, Wladimir Klitschko.
He vacated the titles after he failed to defend them in a rematch against the former champion, as well as being in embroiled in a doping scandal and going through severe bouts of depression.
He soon underwent a different kind of fight as he battled depression and mental issues.
After reapplying for his boxing licence in January, Fury is now gearing up for his comeback fight at the Manchester Arena in front of a hometown crowd.
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