Eddie Hearn: Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury fight 'only a phone call away'

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Eddie Hearn believes that Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury ‘could meet in the summer’, but conceded that AJ has other objectives to pursue first.

Fury is free to fight again after it was revealed today that his suspension is being lifted by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC).

Joshua, in the meantime, has a unification fight against New Zealander Joseph Parker on March 31, but Hearn is confident that one of Britain’s biggest ever domestic bouts can be arranged in the future.

"That was a formality, but great to see that he will be back in the division. Anthony Joshua has proven time and time again he will fight anyone," Hearn told Sky Sports.

"So, if Tyson Fury wants the fight with Anthony Joshua, it’s only a phone call away.

"But, he likes to tweet about it rather than talk about it over a table.

"He's an excellent fighter and a great character for the sport of boxing. Fury vs Joshua would be a huge fight, but we have to deal with what's available right now, and what's the reality.

"The reality is, we want all the belts."

‘The Gypsy King' has made clear through his presence on social media that he dislikes Hearn, and this could be a potential stumbling block in any future negotiations between the two parties.

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Even if this wasn’t to be the case, any meeting between Joshua and Fury could still be a long way off.

Hearn’s hopeful that ‘AJ’ will be facing Deontay Wilder in another unification bout next, in the scenario of a victory over Parker.

‘’We want Deontay Wilder, he [Joshua] wants to be the undisputed champion.’’

But, if Fury gets into shape in time, Hearn is confident that the two could yet meet in the ring sooner rather than later.

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‘’It could happen in the summer, if he wants to go straight into that fight then no problem for Anthony Joshua.

‘’What we also want is the best Tyson Fury, and he should have some warm-up fights. It’s just how he looks in those warm-up fights, if he looks bad then it’s going to decrease his value in the fight.’’

But, with Hearn’s eye firmly fixed on Wilder, and Fury having not been in the ring in three years, a fight between him and Joshua would seem very unlikely to happen as soon as the summer.

The potential for such a huge domestic fight, however, would make it seem to be a matter of when, rather than if the two meet in the ring.

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