Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury could pocket over £100million apiece if they ever step in the ring together.
That is according to Matchroom supremo Barry Hearn, who has rubbished talk of the Gypsy King retiring any time soon. Boxing fans have long pined for a blockbuster domestic dust-up between Joshua and Fury.
But despite an apparent agreement for a two-fight deal in 2020, the two successful heavyweights are yet to do battle against each other in the ring. Hearn still holds hope that they will meet in the future, even though Fury appears adamant that he has danced his last dance between the ropes.
“He [Joshua] was beaten by Andy Ruiz and he got the belt back, which was actually very good business because the rematch was a massive fight,” Hearn told the Gary Newbon Sports Show with Jewson.
“Then Usyk boxed brilliantly well to beat him last time, and we’re coming up now in the next couple of months to a rematch between Joshua and Usyk to earn the right potentially, potentially I say, for the right to fight Tyson Fury for what we all want to see as fight fans, which is the unified champion with all the belts.”
Former You’re On Sky Sports host Gary Newbon reiterated Fury’s retirement plans, which he confirmed after his dramatic sixth-round stoppage of Dillian Whyte in April.
But Hearn isn’t convinced. “Yeah, Frank Sinatra retired eight times at least to my knowledge,” he joked in response before getting on to how much a Joshua vs Fury fight could be worth to each fighter.
“The first reaction when you’ve finished a long training camp and you’ve boxed, won and achieved your objectives is to go home with your wife and kids and have some good times. And that’s understandable.
“He’s only 33, Tyson Fury, that’s no age. If Joshua beats Usyk, that’s a humungous fight. They’re you’re talking over £100million each.
“That’s a lot of money to say ‘I can’t really get out of bed today.’ Tyson Fury is quite a smart lad, don’t get carried away with some of the things he says. He’s not stupid. He’s going to be taking the money.”
Boxing fans will hoping Joshua can hold up his end of the bargain and beat Usyk when the pair face off for the second time later this year.