Anthony Joshua and the winner of Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury will face “so much pressure” to agree a fight that would crown the division’s king, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.
Wilder defends his WBC heavyweight title against Fury in a rematch on February 22 and Joshua is “close” to agreeing a defence of his IBF, WBA and WBO belts against Kubrat Pulev.
“I just think that whoever wins [Wilder vs Fury 2] and if AJ beats Pulev, which we hope he does, basically the whole world is going to say ‘we have to see that fight,'” said Joshua’s promoter Hearn.
“I think there will be so much pressure on both guys to make that fight.
“Unless Wilder-Fury 2 is a brilliant fight, no one is going to want to see the [third fight]. Everyone is going to want to see the undisputed fight, the winner against AJ.
“I’m hoping that we can manoeuvre something there. If not, we fight Oleksandr Usyk, if he beats Derek Chisora, and if Joshua beats Pulev.”
Pulev (IBF) and Usyk (WBO) are the mandatory challengers to Joshua, and Wilder and Fury have pencilled in a third fight.
But Joshua is hoping to scupper those plans by agreeing an undisputed heavyweight championship fight for later in 2020.
Joshua told Sky Sports earlier this month: “We had a meeting about that. It has great potential. I heard [Wilder and Fury] have a third fight lined up towards the end of the year but we have to throw a curveball in there.
“Something that gets Wilder’s attention providing he wins so that he thinks to himself: ‘Even though I have a rematch clause, I’ll see how I can manipulate my contract, get out of it, and fight for the undisputed championship’.”