British heavyweights Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury could meet in a UK superfight as early as this November, according to promoter Eddie Hearn. Joshua (16(16)-0) is fresh off a stunning 2nd round stoppage win over Charles Martin to capture the IBF title in what was just his 16th fight in the paid ranks. Fury (25(18)-0) meanwhile, is preparing to face-off with former unified king Wladimir Klitschko in a highly anticipated rematch, slated for July 9th in Manchester. The British public, however, are already clamouring for the lineal, WBA and WBO champion to meet rival Joshua next in what would be a mouthwatering unification clash between the unbeaten pair. “We are looking at a £40milion fight, what with two million pay-per-view buys, the Wembley gate, the overseas TV rights and so on,” Joshua’s promoter Hearn stated earlier this week.
Joshua is also being lined up to fight on July 9th, most likely against Bermane Stiverne or Bryant Jennings, however, Hearn has now publicly stated that, providing both men prevail in their respective summer bouts, he is willing to make the megafight before the year is out. The surprising news also scuppers the returning David Haye’s hopes of landing a lucrative shot at the newly crowned IBF ruler Joshua. “I think its unrealistic, as much as Haye wants the fight, he knows it’s a proper fight and that fight is going to build and grow,” Hearn told Sky Sports News. “Tyson Fury is our pick before that because he has got the belts, the other two belts, and I think a unification fight has to be a priority. Haye against Joshua is a massive fight, probably realistically next spring or summer but Fury could be one for 2016,” he continued.
“I’ve chatted to Peter Fury about it, we know how big the fight is and both guys, both camps, really fancy their chances in the fight. So I think that’s a fight you will see sooner rather than later. We’re going to go in June or July, then Klitschko-Fury is on July 9 and if Tyson wins that fight he will be looking to go November time and so will we. Britain has two world champions who I know for a fact will step in the ring with each other and put all the belts on the line. Now when was the last time we had a British world heavyweight champion before these two? Now we’ve got two and a chance for a unification fight that I think will never ever happen again in British boxing. It’s great times and may they both keep on winning for as long as possible because one day they will meet and that will be an event. I know we always say the biggest event of all time and we’ve had a few lately but that will blow the socks off,” Hearn added.
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