Top Rank boxing boss Bob Arum has promised Joshua the first shot at the winner of a potential fight between Usyk and Tyson Fury, should Fury beat Deontay Wilder next month
Bob Arum has told Anthony Joshua to step aside and allow an undisputed title fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk, with a deal to get the first shot at the winner.
Arum promotes Fury, and assuming his man comes through his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder next month, the Top Rank boxing boss has promised to give Joshua an immediate undisputed title shot if he steps aside to allow Fury and Usyk to fight.
Joshua is currently contractually entitled to face Usyk for a second time immediately, with February or March of next year his likely rematch date.
But Arum believes he should take some other fights in the interim, saying that he doesn’t believe Joshua has a chance in a rematch if the fight happens within a few months.
“No I don’t,” Arum replied when asked by IFLTV if he believes Joshua has a chance in the rematch.
“And I think Joshua would be well off if somehow he was able to take another couple of fights before the rematch with Usyk.”
Arum even has a solution for the problem – a step aside deal for Joshua to allow a Fury-Usyk fight, before taking on the winner.
“If people were sensible,” Arum continued. “Joshua would work out an agreement. If Tyson Fury is successful with Wilder, to allow Usyk to fight Tyson Fury and to have each fighter contractually agree in his next fight – whether it’s Usyk or Fury – to fight the winner.
“That’s sensible. But again, this is boxing and promoters with egos and fighters not making in my opinion the right decision but really making fights based on emotion.”
Arum believes that Joshua wouldn’t take such a deal due to the arrogance of his promoter; Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn, with whom he had dealt in an effort to make a Fury vs Joshua fight in August.
Arum and Hearn have a notorious love-hate relationship, and it appears that there is currently some animosity between the pair, particularly after hundreds of millions of dollars were lost on the Fury vs Joshua deal falling through.
“Eddie Hearn being Eddie Hearn, who is all ego, won’t listen to something that makes sense,” Arum explained.
“He will push, in my opinion, which he can legally, the rematch with Usyk.
“That will be an additional defeat on Joshua’s record and prevent him from what I think would be a massive fight against the unified champion.
“Usyk fights Tyson Fury, or Wilder. And [Joshua] fights the winner. And then we’re into something that the public can make sense of.”
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And despite the fact that Usyk just defeated Joshua for the three main belts at heavyweight, Arum believes the winner of Fury vs Wilder 3 on October 9 will be considered the “true” heavyweight champion.
Fury and Wilder will compete for the WBC and Ring Magazine belts, while Usyk holds the IBF, WBA and WBO belts, as well as the less prestigious IBO title.
“Now all eyes are going to be on Wilder-Fury,” Arum said.
“The winner of that fight will be accepted as the legitimate heavyweight champion, particularly should Joshua go right into an Usyk rematch, which I think is the wrong move for him.”