British promoter Eddie Hearn is working on making a number of big fights this year, and top of the list is a potential all-British blockbuster up at heavyweight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. Hearn, in his column for Mail Online, wrote how he is somewhat amused by people suggesting, via social media and on the boxing web sites, that he would not let his fighter Joshua in with Fury so soon.
Not so, writes Hearn, who feels the fight is a natural and will be worked on for as soon as this November providing both heavies win their next fight. Fury will of course fight former champ Wladimir Klitschko at a still-to-be-determined date (possibly June 4th), while Joshua will challenge IBF ruler Charles Martin next month. The would-be unification would be a “huge fight,” Hearn writes and that “all being well we might make Joshua-Fury in November.”
This fight would sell out a big stadium, with as many as 60,000 fans or more a very real possibility. Hearn, of course, is used to big numbers; having worked on the Carl Froch-George Groves rematch spectacular that shifted 80,000 tickets at Wembley a while back. Maybe Fury-Joshua – with a stellar under-card – could top even that?
One other fighter Hearn says he is trying to land a big fight for is Kell Brook, the unbeaten IBF welterweight king who faces mandatory contender Kevin Bizier in his hometown of Sheffield a week tomorrow. Hearn lists a number of very interesting possibilities as far as the “huge name in the summer we must deliver for Brook.” Hearn said he is looking at trying to make a Tim Bradley-Brook fight, as he feels Bradley will upset the odds and Manny Pacquiao in their April 9th rubber-match.
Also possibilities for Brook are, according to Hearn: a fight with the one and only Gennady Golovkin at a catch-weight (“maybe at 156-pounds – I have had talks in the past with Golovkin’s team about a catch-weight fight”) and reigning WBO 147-pound champion Jesse Vargas. Brook is “fearless,” Hearn writes and will “get a huge test in the summer, come what may.”
One fighter Hearn does not think will be available to face Brook is reigning WBC welterweight king Danny Garcia, a fighter Brook has repeatedly said he would very much like to fight. Why does Hearn not think Garcia will be available as a big-name foe for Brook? Because Hearn has “this suspicion he (Garcia) might fight Floyd Mayweather.” Hearn is not alone in thinking the “retired” Mayweather will indeed lace ’em up at least one more time.
Brook, though, would likely be more than happy with a Vargas fight or a Bradley fight. As for a rumble with GGG, well, let’s see Brook get past Bizier first.