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Eddie Hearn vows 2021 unification bout between Joshua and Fury

‘Starting from tomorrow we’ll try and make the Tyson Fury fight happen. It’s the only fight in boxing’: Eddie Hearn vows unification bout for Anthony Joshua as he declares potential bout as ‘the biggest in British history’

  • Anthony Joshua beat Kubrat Pulev via a ninth round stoppage on Saturday night 
  • The Briton is now one step closer to taking on countryman Tyson Fury in 2021
  • The unification match-up would bring all five major heavyweight belts together
  • Eddie Hearn claims plans to prepare for Joshua vs Fury start on Sunday

Eddie Hearn claims the journey to prepare the Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury fight for 2021 starts right away after the former beat Kubrat Pulev on Saturday evening. 

Joshua beat his Bulgarian opponent in the ninth round after flooring Pulev twice in the round three in front of 1,000 spectators at Wembley Arena. 

The IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO champion holder has retained his belts as Joshua and Fury prepare to meet next year in a fight that will bring all five of the heavyweight belts together in a unification fight billed as one of the biggest bouts in British boxing history. 

Eddie Hearn (R) claims plans to arrange Anthony Joshua (L) vs Tyson Fury ‘starts on Sunday’

Joshua (above) beat Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev via a ninth round stoppage on Saturday evening

Promoter Hearn told Sky Sports in a post-fight interview that there is no doubt that Joshua would beat Fury providing the pair meet in 2021. 

Hearn said: ‘We’re going to be friendly, we’re going to be nice, starting from tomorrow we make the Tyson Fury fight happen. 

‘It’s the only fight in boxing, it’s the biggest fight in British boxing history. 

‘He (Joshua) wants it, he will break him down, he will knock him out. He is the best British heavyweight in the world, it’s about legacy and we’ll get it done.’

Hearn claims Joshua wants to face Fury (above) next – he has the fifth belt Joshua needs

Joshua put Pulev on the canvas twice in the third round but stepped off the gas to allow the Bulgarian back into the contest. 

The Briton’s opponent managed to stay in the fight until the ninth round where Pulev faced several devastating uppercuts and one final right-hand jab to end the contest. 

Joshua’s record now stands at 24-1 which includes 22 victories via knockout. The 31-year-old now has four out of the five major belts in the heavyweight class.

Joshua (back) floored Pulev (front) twice in the third round before winning in round nine

The fifth belongs to Fury after he defeated Deontay Wilder in a rematch in February of this year. The ‘Gypsy King’ has given up on the idea of a trilogy fight with Wilder in order to speed up the process of taking on Joshua. 

Hearn admitted that Joshua has done well to back up his pre-fight talk with the right action and claimed that becoming a champion is what the Watford-born boxer has been striving for throughout his whole career. 

The promoter added: ‘I’ve talked a lot over the years, like he’s said it’s less talk more action. 

‘He came into the office and said he wanted to be undisputed champion of the world. Less talk, more action.’

Hearn (above) claims Joshua has wanted to be undisputed world champion for a long time

When asked whether he would want a Fury fight, Joshua refused to be drawn into talk about the Gypsy King being his next opponent, describing the potential match-up as ‘no big deal’. 

Joshua told Sky: ‘I started this game in 2013, chasing all the belts, dealing with the mandatories. It’s not the opponent, it’s about the legacy of the belt. 

‘If that is Tyson Fury, let it be Tyson Fury. It’s no big deal. It’s just one fight at a time, picking them all off, I have to stay focused.’

Joshua (middle) refused to be drawn into a 2021 fight with Fury in his post-match interview

Potential opponent Fury took to social media to reveal his dismay at Joshua’s response, outlining his own desire to arrange the fight and beat his British rival in the same way he floored American opponent Wilder earlier this year. 

The Gypsy King claimed via Instagram on Saturday night: ‘Anthony Joshua just s*** himself on live television. He got asked if he wanted the fight and he went around the bushes and put his a*** in the hedge. 

‘I want the fight. I want the fight next. I will knock him out inside three rounds. He’s a big bomb dosser and I can’t wait to knock him (out).’




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