Eddie Hearn is adamant Tyson Fury could fight Dillian Whyte next instead of Deontay Wilder.
However, the Matchroom Boxing chief insists this will NOT hamper the all-British clash with Anthony Joshua in 2021.
Eddie Hearn is keen to put the best against one another in the heavyweight division
The ‘Gypsy King’ was spotted in Marbella talking to Joshua after the two happened to bump into one another.
Despite protestations to the contrary, it was a chance meeting between the two heavyweight world champions and Hearn insists fans will witness the two best in the world fighting one another.
Of course, fight sports are perhaps the most volatile and unpredictable of all, with the heavyweights capable of pulling off stunning upsets at any opportunity.
With Dillian Whyte still in a WBC mandatory position and set to face former world champion Alexander Povetkin in a month’s time, Hearn certainly will have a major say in what unfolds in the heavyweight division.
Joshua and Fury came face-to-face in Marbella
Especially with former cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk desperate to invoke his WBO mandatory position and challenge Joshua after his IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev has a shot.
“Well remarkably, most people thought [Joshua and Fury meeting] was a set up,” Hearn told talkSPORT’s James Savundra.
“I can promise you it wasn’t; I spoke to AJ about it last night and he said he was just randomly walking along the port front there and they had a brief chat.
“The basis of the conversation was ‘Whatever you do, don’t lose’. And the other one said ‘you too, see you next year!’
Fury is the WBC and Ring Magazine champion after dethroning Deontay Wilder
“The biggest issue of course, and the immediate issue, is Deontay Wilder for Tyson Fury – if that fight happens – and Kubrat Pulev for Anthony Joshua.
“We also have the mandatories of Oleksandr Usyk and Dillian Whyte. Now, both of those guys have got to win themselves coming up as well.
“So I’m still pushing for Dillian Whyte; if he beats Alexander Povetkin on August 22, let him jump in with Tyson Fury next.
“We’ve not heard too much from Deontay Wilder and we know that’s going to be financially difficult to put together if there are no huge crowds allowed. It generated a lot of money on the gate last time.
Whyte is preparing to face Alexander Povetkin on August 22
“So anything could happen right now! I can tell you that AJ and Tyson Fury have agreed twice next year and in their mind, that fight is done.
“We will take care of all the other minor details but, I think they all know, focus on the fights in front of you. We know when Joshua lost to [Andy] Ruiz last time and Tyson will know anything can happen.
“And they have got to focus on that and get the win and Dillian Whyte is breathing down their necks. He wants what he believes he deserves.
“And if he beats Povetkin, my goodness does he deserve it.”