Promoter Eddie Hearn says talks for a heavyweight unification fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury are under way and they “can’t let politics get in the way” of it happening this year.
Joshua’s promoter Hearn says everyone involved is desperate to make the fight happen as soon as possible, but he admits staging the bout in the United Kingdom could be a challenge.
“We’ve got two Brits who can unify and become the undisputed champion of the world, we must take that chance and we will take it,” he told BBC Sport.
The British heavyweights now hold all of the division’s belts between them, after Fury, 31, beat Deontay Wilder, 34, to claim the WBC title last weekend.
“Three months ago [Wilder and Andy Ruiz’s promoter] Al Haymon and the Americans had the heavyweight division on lockdown, now we control it all,” Hearn added.
“Everyone is combined to try and make it happen and talks are already under way.
“Because me, AJ, Tyson Fury, [Fury’s co-promoter] Bob Arum, all these people, they want that fight to happen.”