Bob Arum Slams Eddie Hearn, Wants Oleksandr Usyk to Fight Tyson Fury

Published 11/08/2021, 8:00 AM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 30: Anthony Joshua of England poses with Promoter Eddie Hearn following his WBC International Heavyweight bout against Kevin Johnson of The USA at The O2 Arena on May 30, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)


Despite being the only two champions of the division, Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk are no way near facing each other in a potential unification clash. Although it can be a favorable matchup, none of the promoters have hinted at its fruition, except for Top Rank kingpin Bob Arum. Unlike Joshua-Fury, the current fanbase doesn’t seem hyped to see Oleksandr Usyk collide with Tyson Fury,

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But the idea has caught Arum’s mind, and he clearly wants to see it happen. While Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk are aligned to compete in a re-match, Arum believes Fury should slide into the tale. The 89-year-old promoter suggested Anthony Joshua change trainers. Arum delivered his ideal picture of the nearing heavyweight matchups, which may be shocking to several other analysts.

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In a chat with ES News, Bob Arum said, “So maybe a new trainer [for Joshua], but I think it would be  maybe wise not to force a fight with Usk right away and let Usyk fight Tyson Fury and the winner to fight Joshua and Joshua to have an Interim fight in the meantime.”

He added, “That’s what I hope and that’s the sensible thing. Whether it works out that way or not is not dependent on me, it’s dependent on Joshua. F*** Eddie Hearn. He has nothing to say about it.” (H/T:- BoxingNews24.com)

Anthony Joshua‘s title loss to Oleksandr Usyk has clearly been a massive dent on his resume. But an immediate rematch can bring him back to relevancy. Per reports, Usyk vs Josua 2 is official and shall happen in early 2022. So Joshua can’t have other plans on his mind.

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Usyk vs Fury can also be a massive matchup. However, following Fury’s win over Deontay Wilder in October, he is expected to go for a long lay-off. This will leave Usyk and Joshua to deal with each other for one final time. But several more names like Joe Joyce and Dillian Whyte are also lurking around the heavyweight title race.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – OCTOBER 12: Oleksandr Usyk of Ukraine walks to the ring before his Heavyweight bout against Chazz Witherspoon at Wintrust Arena on October 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Both the Brits are on the brink of earning a world championship shot soon. And hence, Usyk shall not have a deficit in finding viable opponents. All he needs to do is beat Anthony Joshua again, and then aim for the other kingpins of the division.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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