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'The winner HAS to fight AJ': Eddie Hearn reveals he will offer the victor of Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder a 50-50 purse split in a bid to finally seal long-awaited Anthony Joshua showdown

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Eddie Hearn has revealed he will consider offering the winner of Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder's rematch an equal split of the purse to face Anthony Joshua.

Talks of a fight between Joshua and Wilder for the heavyweight undisputed crown have rumbled on for the best part of two years while Fury has often spoken about his desire to face his compatriot in a heavyweight battle of Britain.

Hearn has claimed that both Wilder and Fury have rebuffed offers to face Joshua in the past, but he believes that they have reached a point now where the fight simply has to happen.

Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury are posing for a picture: Wilder and Fury will go head to head once again when they meet in a rematch next week © Provided by Daily Mail Wilder and Fury will go head to head once again when they meet in a rematch next week

Fury and Wilder meet in a re-run of their December 2018 classic in Las Vegas in eight days' time for the WBC heavyweight title - the only one not possessed by Joshua - and Hearn admitted it is likely that he will up his previous offers to whoever emerges the victor in a bid to finally seal the long-awaited mega fight for all the belts.

'For once I agree with my esteemed colleague [Frank] Mr Warren, the winner has to fight Anthony Joshua, there's no doubt about it,' Joshua's promoter told TalkSPORT.  

'Fury is talking a brilliant game for this fight and he's an excellent self-promoter. The fact is, we have made offers to Fury and Wilder of 60/40 way before they were actually as relevant as they are now and they both turned it down, so we have been actively trying to make this fight, we've been round the houses, it's been talked about for ages. 

Anthony Joshua standing in front of a crowd: Anthony Joshua holds four heavyweight world titles - the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO belts © Provided by Daily Mail Anthony Joshua holds four heavyweight world titles - the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO belts

'60-40 to both and they wanted 50/50 when they weren't as relevant as they are now. Like I said in an interview the other day, maybe we will have to make that offer next but there's no point talking about a deal until that fight is over but when that fight is over we have got to get it made.'

Hearn appeared to have his reservations about Wilder's intentions to fight Joshua and hit back at his claims earlier this week that the Brit was 'irrelevant' in the heavyweight landscape.

The Matchroom boss also admitted that it would be less complicated to make the fight with Fury, adding: 'You have to give those guys credit, Wilder and Fury. There was a time where they weren't as relevant as they are now and now it's a big fight and they are stars. Fury is the star. 

'Tyson Fury, one thing is for sure, will fight Anthony Joshua. He actually wants to fight Anthony Joshua and I believe that, and I know AJ wants to fight Tyson Fury. He's doing a lot of work now in America, you know he's got Top Rank, MTK, it would be very easy to make that deal with Fury. 

a man holding a microphone: Wilder and Fury fought out an entertaining and controversial draw in December 2018 © Provided by Daily Mail Wilder and Fury fought out an entertaining and controversial draw in December 2018

'Wilder, he's made a few comments that makes me think, like he said yesterday that Joshua just isn't relevant. (Joshua's) got four of the belts in the heavyweight division, he's the biggest star of the division, of course he's relevant. And he wants to fight the winner because without it, he can't call himself the best. 

'We believe Joshua is the best fighter in the world, Fury believes he's the best in the world, Wilder believes it as well. Everybody has got their opinions but the proof is in the pudding. 

'Wilder vs Fury doesn't tell you who the best heavyweight in the world is, the winner of that fight against AJ tells you who the best heavyweight in the world is and we have to see it.'

Related: The biggest British boxing bouts of all time [Grid]



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