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Eddie Hearn reacts to Tyson Fury's ridiculous demands to fight Anthony Joshua

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Tyson Fury is moving ever closer to his return to the ring and none other than Anthony Joshua sits in his crosshair.

It's been over two years since the 'Gypsy King' stepped between the ropes but the exciting climate of heavyweight boxing has seen him rediscover his appetite for the fight game. 

There's still a long way to go for the 29-year-old, namely shedding the pounds, yet he overcame one of his biggest hurdles this month by negating his pivotal UKAD hearing.

As a result, Fury will hope to ascertain a boxing license in the New Year and work through a number of warm-up bouts before the intended mega fight with Joshua.

The likes of Shannon Briggs, Alexander Povetkin, Tony Bellew and David Price have all been mooted as potential precursors to an event all but guaranteed to annihilate the British pay-per-view record.

Nevertheless, even at this early stage, Fury isn't making hopes of a Joshua bout all that easy.

The lineal champion has openly expressed that his compatriot would have to bow to his demands if the event would ever be agreed. It's certainly caused some controversy, Fury is a massive name but AJ has the belts on his side.

The 29-year-old tweeted: "@anthonyfjoshua will expect 40% of our fight & will walk first & be announced first, I'm the biggest fight out therefor these guys be double. U heard it here first. @EddieHearn."

Anthony Joshua v Carlos Takam -  World Heavyweight Title Fight

Big demands, that's for sure.

To say Fury was ripped by boxing fans would be putting it mildly and Joshua's promoter - Eddie Hearn - has now waded into the drama and he didn't mince his words.

Currently deep into negotiations for Joshua to fight Joseph Parker, the 38-year-old dismissed the demands as a "very funny joke."

"We would love to box Tyson Fury. Nowhere near those offers [of 40 percent] of course, but we have to deal with the reality that he is available and he's in front of us," he remarked.

"We are very consistent. We are not going anywhere. We want to go through everybody and we are going nowhere. He's got to get himself in shape and get himself into the position to fight. He talks the talk, let's see the reality."

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Hearn can often divide opinion with his comments; he's bang on the money here.

That being said, if the fight was ever close to completion, the fans will want it booked no matter the split, purse or location.

Who do you think would win the British mega fight - a fit Fury or Joshua? Have your say in the comments section below.

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