Promoter Eddie Hearn has set the date for a potential mammoth all-British heavyweight fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, despite the former stating his intentions to retire. The Gypsy King’s last outing came back in April, after he defeated Dillian Whyte at Wembley Stadium to defend his WBC heavyweight title.
Following his victory, Fury reiterated that he was going to call time on his professional boxing career, and end on a high with victory over Whyte. A month on though, he is still yet to officially confirm his retirement, and Hearn believes Fury is far from done.
So much so the renowned promoter expects the WBC heavyweight champion to return to the ring in December to fight the winner of Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk.
Speaking to iFL TV , Hearn said: “It’s very easy for Tyson to go back and go, ‘Look, I’m just gonna have some time now. Let me just think about what I’m going to do, ‘I know I said that after the fight, but let me have some time.’ And they shouldn’t strip him, of course not.
“He doesn’t have to retire, he doesn’t have to give them a decision when his next fight is just yet. He’s just boxed. So everything is done properly, but, of course, we all know he’s not retiring. So I expect to see him fight the winner of Joshua-Usyk in December.”
Whilst Hearn has nailed down December as the date the bout will take place, he did admit that talks with Fury’s team are yet to take place, with the remaining discussions between Joshua’s and Usyk’s camp still going on.
Fury announced he would retire following his victory over Dillian Whyte (Image: Getty Images)
He added: “No [talks have taken place]. All our focus is on at the moment is just to complete that fight [Usyk vs Joshua] and that contract, which we will do this week, and you’ll get an announcement next week.”
The speculation remains over Fury’s head, with the Gypsy King still yet to hand over his world title crown to the WBC. Despite initial pressure, the governing body’s President Mauricio Sulaiman has given the 33-year-old a year to make his final decision.
Per The Sun, Sulaiman said: “We have one year to have the next mandatory fight. At this moment, we will wait for the decision of Tyson Fury and then we will either do a series of fights – a boxing tournament – going into a final elimination. But at this time we’re going to wait because we don’t know the specific circumstances.