Promoter Eddie Hearn wants Tyson Fury’s titles to be on the line if a deal can be agreed for a fight between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko.
Fury is expected to be stripped of his WBO and WBA titles after it emerged on Friday that the world heavyweight champion has tested positive for cocaine, with a decision to be made next week.
The 28-year-old pulled out of two bouts with Klitschko and Hearn wants to line up IBF champion Joshua as the Ukranian’s next opponent.
“The first objective for us is to make the fight with Klitschko and the decision from the governing bodies on the belts will come after that,” Hearn said.
“We’ve not got a deal yet, but there’s definitely a desire from both sides to make the fight happen. I will speak to [Klitschko’s manager] Bernd Boente and Klitschko and AJ over the weekend.
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“If there was any doubt about Fury being stripped that has gone after this latest positive test. It’s just if AJ fights Klitschko what belts will be on the line? I think every governing body would want to sanction Joshua-Klitschko.
“For me the issue is not if another belt is on the line, it’s how many. I think it could be four with the IBO.
“I just can’t see going to a sanctioning body and saying ‘Do you want to sanction it?’ and them turning around and saying ‘No’. I don’t think it should just be a voluntary defence of Anthony’s IBF belt. It’s bigger than that.
“Klitschko’s options might change a bit because it might make it easier for him to fight for the vacant belt. But financially, it’s the biggest fight out there for each of them.”