Tyson Fury has gone on the record for the first time about what exactly promoter Eddie Hearn offered him before he made his comeback to boxing this year.
Fury eventually went with Hearn’s rival promoter Frank Warren instead and will box this weekend on BT Sport and Showtime against Francesco Pianeta in Belfast.
Earlier this year there was a lot of competition for Fury’s services however.
Hearn at the time said the two could not come to an agreement due to in his view Fury wanting low caliber opposition fights for his comeback.
However speaking to IFL TV, Fury’s side of the story is a little different and seems to point to money being the main issue:
“Then he offered me a three-fight deal. One of them was to fight an American guy, Travis Kauffman. And then to fight Dillian Whyte and then fight Tony Bellew and then fight Joshua.”
“We couldn’t agree terms (to fight Joshua). There were no terms agreed to fight Joshua. Eddie can’t talk for AJ, he’s got to do his own thing.”
An interesting series of fights for sure but one suspects Fury was calling for a 50/50 split in the Joshua fight at the end.
To make a deal like that is always going to be tough and Hearn’s counter is likely that Joshua fills out stadiums and is one of the biggest stars in boxing now.
Fury, though, is still the lineal heavyweight champion of the world and both Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua know to truly call themselves undisputed heavyweight champion they will have to go through him eventually.