Hearn: Anthony Joshua wants £40million to step aside for Fury vs Usyk

Show me the money! Eddie Hearn reveals Anthony Joshua wants £40MILLION to step aside for Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk showdown – as he confirms talks with Gypsy King’s team over potential deal

  • Anthony Joshua appeared set for a rematch with Oleksandr Usyk in early 2022
  • He triggered his rematch clause after losing to the Ukrainian back in September
  • AJ has since hinted he could step aside and let Usyk face Tyson Fury next
  • Eddie Hearn has named his man’s price to let the undisputed clash take place 

Eddie Hearn has suggested Anthony Joshua would be willing to step aside and allow Tyson Fury to face Oleksandr Usyk for £40million after entering talks with the Gypsy King’s team over a potential deal.

Joshua was beaten conclusively by Usyk at the end of September, losing his unified heavyweight titles via unanimous decision on a disappointing night at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Two weeks after that humbling he opted to trigger his immediate rematch clause, and Hearn expected the return bout to take place either in March or April next year.

Eddie Hearn says Anthony Joshua would accept £40million to step aside for Fury vs Usyk 

Tyson Fury (L) and Oleksandr Usyk (R) could meet for the undisputed heavyweight crown next

However, in recent weeks talk has surfaced of Joshua instead accepting an offer to step aside for a potential showdown between Usyk and Fury, which would crown the first undisputed heavyweight champion in over two decades.

Fury, who retained his WBC title by knocking out Deontay Wilder, was on the verge of agreeing to face Dillian Whyte in his next bout, but the WBC refused to name him as the Gypsy King’s mandatory challenger.

He has therefore turned his attention to an undisputed battle with Usyk, an option which became all the more realistic when Joshua recently hinted that a step-aside deal ‘may make sense for business’.

Now Hearn, AJ’s long-time promoter, has named his man’s price to let Fury and Usyk scrap it out for heavyweight supremacy next year. 

The Matchroom chief told Boxing King Media: ‘Seven figures? A million? If you want to get him not to fight Oleksandr Usyk you have to times that by 40… 

‘At the moment there is communication between the two teams to say is it something, and the answer is AJ has not been spoken to about this yet. 

‘I’ll deal with it and when I feel there’s an opportunity for Anthony and 258 (Management) we’ll sit down with them and present it to them but I won’t do that until it’s the right opportunity. 

‘If there’s a route and an offer and it makes sense then we’ll see but right now, it’s just conversations between the camps.’  

Promoter Hearn has confirmed talks with Fury’s team over a potential step-aside deal

Hearn also revealed in a recent appearance on the DAZN Boxing Show that Joshua has warned him not to approach about a step-aside deal unless the offer is too good to turn down.

‘All he wants to do is fight Oleksandr Usyk, and he trusts me,’ he said.

‘If some kind of plan comes up that is a great financial package and more importantly gives him more time to gel with a new trainer and then go into a massive fight for huge money later in the year and I think that’s right for his career then I should let him know.

‘But he said “let me warn you, when you do that, you’re under threat yourself because I don’t want to do it.”

‘At the moment Anthony Joshua is fighting Oleksandr Usyk and that’s the situation.’ 

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