Tyson Fury believes he can finish Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing by beating Anthony Joshua. A two-fight agreement has been struck between the kings of heavyweight boxing to unify the division. The first bout is expected to take place in the Middle East in 2021.
The initial fight purse will be split 50/50 and the rematch money sliced 60/40 in favour of the winner.
Fury said: “The fact is, if you take Anthony Joshua out of Matchroom, then they dont really have a great deal of anything.
“I know they have some other fighters but the cash cow for them, on the pay-per-views, is Joshua and if you take him away there is not much left.
“They have some champions, good guys and prospects but not PPV stars.
“If he gets beat – which they know he will – then it almost puts an end to their big-time promoting.”
WBC champ Fury has a trilogy fight against Deontay Wilder to contend with first after the American triggered a rematch clause following his defeat in February.
While WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO king Joshua, who is currently nursing a knee injury, must overcome Kubrat Pulev in a bout which has been postponed due to the coronavirus crisis.
An agreement is in place over the financial terms but AJ’s promoter Hearn has admitted contracts have yet to be signed.
“We’re pushing towards a place where they can be drafted, for 2021,” he said.
“Both guys are in agreement. The structure of the deal has been put forward, and agreed to by both parties.
“There is a model in place that both parties are happy with.
“It’s the biggest fight ever in British boxing. It doesn’t get bigger, and there will never be a bigger fight in our generation. Two guys, very different, who fight differently, have experienced different things and have come back from adversity.”
A statement from Fury’s promoter Frank Warren said: “We can confirm negotiations have taken place between Eddie Hearn and Tysons adviser Daniel Kinahan.
“Both Queensberry and Top Rank, as Tysons exclusive promoters, and MTK Global, his management team, agreed that this would be the best way forward due to the existing relationship between Eddie and Daniel.
“As with all previous statements, Queensberry, Top Rank and MTK are committed to working with all parties to get this fight over the line.
“At this point, we can confirm no contracts have been signed between any of the concerned parties, nor have any specifics been agreed regarding venues, dates and numerous other key terms.”
You can watch the full interview with Fury on the Lockdown Lowdown from Thursday at 7pm