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Bob Arum doubts Anthony Joshua is serious about Tyson Fury fight

Tyson Fury with co-promoter Bob Arum. Photo credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

Tyson Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum says he doesn’t believe Anthony Joshua’s team are keen for a fight against the WBC heavyweight champion this year.

Preliminary negotiations have begun for a fight that would see Fury earn a 60/40 purse split. But Fury wants the bout to take place on either November 26 or December 3, while Joshua is pushing for December 17 following his recent points loss to Oleksandr Usyk last month.

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing has been in talks with George Warren of Queensberry Promotions – Fury’s other co-promoter – to try to nut out a deal.

But Arum isn’t getting his hopes up, saying he expects Joshua to face an easier opponent when he returns to the ring to shake off the memories of his most recent loss.

“I really don’t think Joshua’s people are anxious to make the fight now,” Arum said to Sky Sports. “Because he’s come through a devastating loss and I think, conventionally, Joshua is going to want a couple of soft touches to get back in the swing of things.

“Our guy, Tyson Fury, wants to fight this year. I tried to see if we could get Usyk this year and apparently they don’t want to do it until February. We’re going to try to get an opponent for Tyson Fury – Joshua or somebody else – and make sure he gets in the ring this year.

“Eddie Hearn is just talking. Eddie Hearn, if he wanted to make the fight, he knows me well enough and knows I’m over here – he knows the Warrens. We haven’t really heard from Eddie Hearn; he’s really good at making statements to the press and television, but he’s not – I don’t think – anxious to make this fight.

“I’ve been in boxing a long time and the fact that Eddie and Joshua would want this fight is, to me, incomprehensible. It makes no sense. If I’m wrong and they decide they want it, they know where to find us and call, and stop talking to the press and talk to us and see if we can put it together.”

Hearn disputed Arum’s version of events, saying he has been dealing directly with Queensberry Promotions to get the fight over the line.

“I’m not quite sure what Bob Arum has spoken about, but I’ve had multiple phone calls with George Warren and exchanges of emails. The last being about a couple of minutes ago. AJ has just finished his fight with Usyk. He has a couple of bumps and bruises, nothing major,” Hearn said.

“[Frank Warren’s promotional company] Queensberry have the date held of December 17 and that is our preferred date to make the fight. We’re in continued discussions with Queensberry and I guess you guys will watch it all unfold on social media and on various media outlets around the world.”