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Eddie Hearn says Tyson Fury has to prove he is serious if he wants AJ fight

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Eddie Hearn says he wants Tyson Fury to prove he is serious about fighting Anthony Joshua by getting back into the gym in preparation for “the biggest fight in British boxing history”.

The potential fight has been the subject of much discussion since Joshua’s win over Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley, with both parties confirming they are up for organising the bout.

Tyson Fury, however, is still waiting on a final verdict from UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) on his suspended drugs ban, and Hearn says he would be prepared to do everything he can to get the former champ back to boxing.

Joshua showed his quality again while defending his WBA ‘super’ and IBF heavyweight titles during a gritty 10th-round TKO win over Carlos Takam in Cardiff, and Hearn believes that a match with Fury is the biggest fight possible for AJ right now.

The promoter told Sky Sports: “You talk about AJ versus [Deontay] Wilder, but it's nowhere as big as AJ against Fury.

“That is a fight that can be built into something huge. Two completely different characters, two completely different styles, two undefeated heavyweights, two unified champions. An incredible match up.

“But, Tyson needs to get back on the horse, and show the British public he's still serious, show the British public that he is here and back in the game.

“But, that doesn't come on social media it comes from being in the gym and getting through the ropes.

“We would like to help him clear up his stuff with UKAD and start building a schedule that will lead to Anthony Joshua.

Anthony Joshua v Carlos Takam -  World Heavyweight Title Fight

“AJ has told me 100% that he has no problem with the Fury fight.

“He wants to give the public the biggest fights out there and nothing comes bigger than Joshua v Fury, so we are going to sit down with AJ and Tyson Fury, and try and build a plan to give what will be unquestionably the biggest fight British boxing history has ever seen.”

Hearn also said Joshua is looking towards a full 2018 schedule, and says that whatever fight the fans want to see, they will get, but they have to be patient.

“We have a meeting next Tuesday to go through the plan for 2018.

Anthony Joshua v Carlos Takam -  World Heavyweight Title Fight

"I think really we would like to box three times, and if that is going to happen maybe get out February/March, or maybe early April, then go again in the summer, and towards the end of the year.

“Three things to take care of are the WBA mandatory at some point, when that is called, Deontay Wilder, Joseph Parker, maybe even Fury if he comes back into the sport.

“We have to get the balance right between doing the right deals and the right business for AJ, understanding that some fights aren't as big as they should be yet, and Joshua v Wilder is a good example of that.

“This guy [Joshua] has seven, eight years left. He is going to go through everybody and you will see all these fights, it's just a case of when and where.”

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