How Anthony Joshua reacted to news Tyson Fury may be OFF now Deontay Wilder has won legal case to have trilogy fight
Anthony Joshua doesn’t seem too affected by the prospect of losing out on a £200million mega-fight with Tyson Fury.
Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, has revealed how the world heavyweight champion reacted to the news Deontay Wilder has won his legal case in the US to force a third fight with Fury.
Wilder will now have to be paid a substantial fee to step aside and allow Fury vs Joshua to go ahead as planned on August 14.
But Fury’s co-promoter in the US, Bob Arum, says they will not be doing that and has reserved July 24 at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas for the Gypsy King and Wilder to fight again.
That would end any chance of Fury and Joshua fighting this summer – or even in 2021 at all.
It’s been a wild 24 hours, but according to Matchroom Boxing kingpin Eddie Hearn, AJ has taken it all in his stride.
Hearn said: “He just said to me, ‘Listen, just go an do your work. You’re the man to take care of it, over to you. I’ll be in the gym, let me know.’
“That was nice; it was nice to kind of give that responsibility.
“I had a very nice sleep, I spoke to AJ this morning and we go to work again. It is just another day, another day of ups and downs – this is called the boxing business.
“Like I said, it can give you the highest highs, it can kick you right in the nuts. But we are here, we are breathing, he is still the champion, we want to fight Tyson Fury for the undisputed world championship.
“But, really, if his hands are tied, we have to look elsewhere.”
Joshua, who last fought against Kubrat Pulev, is continuing his preparations for his return to the ring.
The Brit would likely face Oleksandr Usyk next if the Fury fight does fall through and released a training video on his social media channels on Tuesday with the message ‘running the game’.
“I have been focusing on Plan A,” Hearn said when asked what next for Joshua. “The only fight we had our mind on was Tyson Fury.
“We hope that that fight can still take place on August 14th. The game changed last night where we have to have a plan B in place, and probably a plan C as well.
“We have a couple of different options; of course, the one that springs to mind immediately is the WBO mandatory of Oleksandr Usyk.