Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk: Anthony Joshua's step-aside demands revealed by Eddie Hearn


According to Eddie Hearn, Anthony Joshua wants a minimum of £40 million to allow Tyson Fury to fight Oleksandr Usyk in an undisputed bout for all the belts next year.

AJ was comprehensively outboxed by Usyk back in September, despite being the strong favourite going into the contest.

In his post-fight interview, he seemed adamant that he would invoke his rematch clause and get his revenge in 2022.

However, it now looks like AJ has had a change of heart and is willing to back out of the fight for the right amount of money.

Since his outstanding victory against Deontay Wilder in October, Fury has shown little interest in fighting his WBC mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte. Instead, he wants to beat Usyk first and then defend his belts against Joshua in an all-British superfight.

“If Joshua goes in again and loses, which I think he will, that fight’s dead in the water for me. But if he lets me fight Usyk and I batter Usyk, then I’d come back and batter him as well,” Fury said.

Usyk is also fond of facing Fury next and Hearn believes it is possible if an astronomical fee is paid to Joshua.

“Seven figures? A million? If you want to get him not to fight Oleksandr Usyk you have to times that by 40," the promoter said during an interview with Boxing King Media.

Indeed, negotiations between Joshua and Usyk’s team are ongoing and there is a serious possibility we could have an undisputed world heavyweight champion in 2022.

“At the moment there is communication between the two teams to say is it something... and the answer is AJ has not been spoken to about this yet. If there's a route and an offer and it makes sense then we'll see but right now, it's just conversations between the camps.”

There is still no date confirmed for the Joshua-Usyk rematch and time is running out if their second fight is meant to take place in early spring.


“At the moment, Anthony Joshua is fighting Oleksandr Usyk and that's the situation.”

On the other hand, AJ hasn’t received a formal offer to step aside, so it is all just speculation.

Similar to AJ’s recent interview with iFLTV, mixed messages are coming from Joshua’s camp.

One source from the camp claims they are focused on the rematch, yet at the same time, they would consider an offer.



"Yes we would consider one, we're not a closed book and we'll never be a closed book, but right now we're planning for the rematch.

"We'll listen to the offer if one is made and we will put our recommendations and suggestions to Joshua - as will Eddie Hearn - and then make the best decision for Anthony."

The coming weeks will be critical for both teams to decide on this high-stake situation.

Will AJ go through with the Usyk rematch and try to get redemption? Or will he step aside for a handsome fee and face the winner of Fury and Usyk?

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