It is a massive fight for British boxing and one the rest of the world will watch with great interest also. The rewards for victory aren't just a big pay package, but the chance to unify their belts. Anthony Joshua v Tyson Fury is looking increasingly likely to take place in 2016.
That is according to Eddie Hearn, who has began talks with Fury's uncle and trainer, with both parties hoping the heavyweight duo can come through their respective fights over the next two months.
Joshua makes his first world title defence against American Dominic Breazeale in London next month, as he looks to boost his profile in the United States, while Fury will defend his WBO and WBA belts in a rematch against Wladimir Klitschko at the Manchester Arena.
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But, despite their being no assurances that either boxer will have belts to offer come the end of the year, Hearn has initiated talks with Peter Fury and believes it will be easy to agree a deal for the fight to happen in November or December.
“The main focus for Anthony is to win all the belts in the division so in that respect Tyson Fury is our main priority," Hearn admitted toBoxing News.
“That fight can happen in November/December or next spring – I’ve already had some positive discussions with Peter Fury who makes the decisions with Tyson and I honestly believe that’s a fight that can be made over a cup of tea.”
Assuming the fight goes ahead, Fury will have the chance to reclaim the IBF title he took from Klitschko, but subsequently was stripped of for failing to agree his mandatory defence, after the Kazakhstan-born fighter activated the rematch clause in the fight contract.
Meanwhile, for Joshua (16-0-KO16) it would prove to be the toughest fight of his career, against Fury (25-0-KO18), with all of the Watford fighters' opponents, to date, failing to push him anywhere close to defeat.
Two British heavyweight world title holders, who have never been beaten, is an almost certain to take place at some stage - regardless of what belts are on offer - however, what happens in the next two months could upset Hearn's and Peter Fury's plans to some extent.
Joshua is expected to breeze past Breazeale (17-0-KO15), despite his perfect record, while Fury will be full of confidence after causing an upset at the back end of last year in Dusseldorf.
Haye bout on hold
Hearn has also refused to rule out Joshua facing David Haye in the ring, but insists that bout will be made to wait, after the London fighter's return to the ring, against low-key opponents Mark de Mori and Arnold Gjergjaj, has done nothing to earn him a bout with the 26-year-old.
“David Haye is definitely on the list but nothing he has done since his return has made that fight more appealing,” said Hearn.
“It’s a fight that’s always there for us and I’m sure one day it will happen but Anthony Joshua v Tyson Fury and [WBC ruler, Deontay] Wilder, especially with our Showtime deal, are our top priority right now.”
Joshua signed a multi-fight deal with US TV network Showtime earlier this month, to be his exclusive American television partner, and will screen his title defence against Breazeale next month.
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