"Listen, Oleksandr": Joshua's promoter wished Usyk defeat by Fury
Promoter Eddie Hearn has expressed hope that Oleksandr Usyk (21-0, 14 KOs) will be defeated in his fight against Tyson Fury (34-0-1, 24 KOs) for the world heavyweight title on February 17. The head of Matchroom Boxing wished bad luck to our compatriot because of his plans to see his client Anthony Joshua (27-3, 24 KOs) fight the Gypsy King.
Hearn said this on the air of TNT Sports Boxing, Boxing Social reports. The British promoter emphasized that he believes in Joshua's victory over Fury, without specifying that Anthony lost twice to Usyk. The representative of the Watford native also admitted his sympathy for the Ukrainian.
"So, February 17th. Listen, Oleksandr Usyk: I like you a lot. But, Tyson Fury, you have to win this fight. I told Joshua: look, two wins and you're the absolute world heavyweight champion. I believe that he will really do it. I know I'm a fan, but I believe he'll beat Ngannou (March 8 - Ed.), and I believe he'll beat Tyson Fury. We have to make it happen. Good luck to both of them. It's so great for boxing that we have this path and this plan for the biggest fights in the division," Hearn said.
Earlier, Joshua himself gave his unequivocal forecast for the fight between Oleksandr and Tyson, and explained why our compatriot will win. He also admitted that he would like Fury to win.
And Saudi Arabia made a loud statement about the confrontation between the Ukrainian and the Briton on February 17. A month before the fight, Riyadh unveiled a special belt that would be awarded to the winner of the confrontation. Its appearance caused outrage among fans.
In addition, the names of the boxers who are helping Oleksandr prepare for the fight against Tyson have become known. Before that, OBOZ.UA told readers about the connections between the British and Ukraine.
For his part, Usyk showed a video of his impressive preparations for the fight, delighting fans. And former welterweight world champion Shawn Porter expressed confidence that the battle between the Ukrainian and the Briton will not take place on February 17.