Matchroom Boxing boss, Eddie Hearn, has sent his congratulations to Tyson Fury on his fantastic world heavyweight title win over Wladimir Klitschko, though warned he feels his fighter, London 2012 Olympic gold medalist, Anthony Joshua, is the man who will end up with the belts in due course.
It’s likely that a rematch clause in last night’s fight contract will be activated and Fury will face Klitschko again in the spring, a fight Hearn sees Fury winning by KO, leading onto an eventual massive money all-UK showdown for Joshua with the new champion as he continues to build his star.
“My phone went mad,” Hearn said to iFLtv after Fury’s win. “I talked about Anthony Joshua and I probably shouldn’t because this is Tyson’s moment, we should let him enjoy it.
“But as far as I’m concerned, my strategy is to get Anthony Joshua to the heavyweight championship of the world as quickly as possible.
“Tyson has proved himself and now Anthony has to prove himself too. We are moving through the process at the right speed. Looking at the fight, I’d rather Anthony faced Wladimir – and that’s completely different to what I thought before!
“I think [Klitschko] got done mentally by Tyson Fury and physically he didn’t look the same fighter … When he got in the ring tonight he just looked on edge, because of Tyson’s unpredictability. He done a job on him in and out of the ring.
“Joshua may be ready [for Fury] by the summer but I don’t think that opportunity will come. Do we become mandatory? We’re #2 with two governing bodies. After we deal with Dillian Whyte [Dec. 12, London] then we’ll be looking at which way we go to the top,” Hearn added.
Joshua fights fellow unbeaten prospect, Dillian Whyte in a British and Commonwealth heavyweight title fight from London’s O2 Arena on Dec. 12 on the Sky Box Office platform. (UK)