‘Lot of money’ – Eddie Hearn refuses to rule out Tyson Fury facing Oleksandr Usyk next and Anthony Joshua stepping aside

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'Lot of money' - Eddie Hearn refuses to rule out Tyson Fury facing Oleksandr Usyk next and Anthony Joshua stepping aside

Tyson Fury is in talks with Alexander Usik for an undisputed decider, but that would mean a mega-money move for Anthony Joshua and Dillian White on different promises.

AJ, 32, activated his rematch clause when the Ukraine genius, 35, schooled him for the WBA, IBF and WBO belts in September.

Anthony Joshua (left) activates a rematch clause to fight Alexander Uski

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Anthony Joshua (left) activates a rematch clause to fight Alexander Uskicredit: getty
Tyson Fury looks forward to fighting Usyk in a reunification bout

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Tyson Fury looks forward to fighting Usyk in a reunification boutcredit: getty
Dillian White Wants To Fight Fury Next But Isn't Close To A Deal According To Eddie Hearn

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Dillian White Wants To Fight Fury Next But Isn’t Close To A Deal According To Eddie Hearncredit: Reuters

And Brixton body snatcher White, 33, is the long-undecided challenger to the Gypsy King’s WBC crown, 33.

But the undefeated Morecambe giant and their southeastern counterpart envisioned their immediate challenges and meeting in the Middle East for all four major belts and a desert wind gust.

The moving pieces and outrageous cash needed to persuade two Londoners to wait their turn for the world title reduce the chances of a coup.

And it seems nearly impossible to put together painstaking planning to decide whether two-time former champion Joshua or frustrated challenger White got his crack first.

But Joshua and White’s joint promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed that the complicated quagmire is slowly turning in a bid to strike a multi-faceted deal.

The matchroom boss said: “We are all still looking forward to Joshua vs Usyk at a stadium in London in April, and Fury vs White.

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“But there are still people who would unquestionably want to see Fury vs Usyk and would be willing to pay a lot of money for it.

“If there’s a lot of money in the pot and a plan can be put in place to please all the fighters then it’s likely to happen, but the problem is timing.

“A lot of things need to happen for that fight to happen. These conversations started a month ago but they are very complicated.”

The order of the queue will be a problem to face the winner of Fury Vs Usyk.

As the newly crowned undisputed king would be guaranteed, the top would not retire and scatter all belts around the division.

So even if Saudi Arabia or Dubai could withhold the tens of millions needed to pay Joshua and White separately, it would take unquestionable contract and military-level planning to pull it off.

And with the already-delayed Fury vs. White Purse bid due on Friday – and most likely delayed again – Hearn admits time is another fearsome opponent.

“It’s not just about the compensation of fighters,” he said. “It’s about a plan.

“We want Joshua and Dillian to be happy with the whole scenario.

“It’s boxing, it’s messy and there’s a lot of money involved so it’s getting even more messy.

“We’re not really close to a deal for White vs Fury, everybody knows there are arbitrations and legal cases and appeals in various things and that explains the delay.

“The next purge bid is expected for White & Fury on Friday, but I expect it to be delayed again.”

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