Hearn: Joshua, Fury negotiations have begun

Promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed initial talks with Tyson Fury’s team over a potential unification bout with Anthony Joshua have taken place.

IBF world heavyweight champion Joshua (16-0-KO16) makes his first defence at The O2 on June 25 against Dominic Breazeale (17-0-KO15) and has engaged WBA ‘Super’ and WBO king Fury (25-0-KO18) in several social media battles.

Fury has claimed his next fight, July 9’s rematch with former champion Wladimir Klitschko (64-4-KO53), will be his last but Hearn claims a highly-lucrative all-British bout with Joshua will be too tempting to turn down.

He told Sky Sports: “Tyson Fury has belts so he’s definitely a target because Anthony Joshua wants to unify the heavyweight division. It’s also a fight we think is quite straightforward for us.

“One hundred per cent, our target is Fury. He’s got to win in the summer. We’ve got to win on June 25 and then we can start talking.

“I’ve already spoken to Peter Fury last week. He runs the shop for Tyson Fury and makes all the decisions. He’s told me: ‘100 per cent we want that fight.’

“We’ve even talked about the deal and the structure of the deal already, so we’ve just got to keep winning. Tyson Fury wants the big fights, the big pay days and we want those belts.

“If it’s not November then 100 per cent next spring or summer. I think it’s only a matter of time.”