News | Dec 27 2018

Eddie Hearn: ‘Tyson Fury is calling me…’

Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua set the heavyweight division up for a stellar 2019, with Dillian Whyte waiting to crash into the reckoning, writes John Dennen
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THE heavyweight division went to another level in 2018. Anthony Joshua unified and then defended the WBO, WBA and IBF world titles, selling out two stadia in the process. Tyson Fury’s clash with WBC heavyweight titlist Deontay Wilder ended in a controversial draw but was the talk of the sporting world. Those three set the stage for an exciting 2019, with London heavyweight Dillian Whyte hoping to break into the reckoning.

The main players are currently jostling for position. Eddie Hearn promotes both Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte. He revealed that Tyson Fury has also been in contact with him. “He texted me a few times, we’ve spoken a few times. Joshua wants to be undisputed. If he can’t get those then he looks at Fury and Dillian. But these guys they’re not lapdogs, they’re not just going to turn round and say yeah, alright then, just tell me what the deal is and I’ll be there. They’re not just like a voluntary where I’m over the moon to get the shot. They’re in position. So whether it’s Dillian, whether it’s Fury, whether it’s Jarrell Miller, whether it’s Wilder, who knows?” Hearn said.

“He [Fury] is calling me. [Whyte] is a great fight. We tried to make that fight before. When Tyson Fury came back, I wanted him to have one warm up fight and then fight a three-fight deal: warm up fight, Tony Bellew, Dillian Whyte. Whyte-Fury is a massive fight. That’s a Wembley fight.”