EDDIE HEARN is hoping and praying Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury will one day fight for the undisputed heavyweight championship.
AJ and Fury were on course to fight for all the heavyweight marbles in Saudi Arabia last month before The Gypsy King was ordered to have a trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder.
Joshua will now face former cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk on September 25, but Hearn is hopeful the long-awaited Battle of Britain will come to fruition sooner rather than later.
During an appearance on talkSPORT, he said: “I’d love to say yes. I hope and pray.
“I don’t really believe a lot that comes from that side. I hope their fight [Fury vs Wilder] happens in October and I hope Fury wins.”
Joshua is relishing his showdown with Usky, although Hearn insists the Olympian is still fixated on becoming the sole ruler of the heavyweight division.
He added: “Right now, the way everything’s gone, let’s just beat Usyk on September 25 – that’s going to be a tough fight.
“But that is the dream. The dream has always been for AJ to be undisputed world champion and we won’t stop until that happens.”
Should Joshua and Fury get through their respective fights, Hearn believes the pair could finally share the ring early next year.
The Matchroom Boxing chief told iFL TV: “I think that was pretty much the case anyway.
“But fighting September 25, it’s very difficult to do a fight in December.
” And a lot of our conversations now about the undisputed fight are end of Jan, February.
“So it probably helps. Fury might’ve wanted to do another fight in November or December.
“And then the whole thing is, like, never-ending.
“I don’t even know if it’ll happen in October, to be honest with you. Who knows?
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“But at least if this fight does happen and AJ beats [Oleksandr] Usyk successfully, then we’ve bought fought around the same time and then we can try and make the undisputed fight.
“But as I’ve said to you, I don’t trust anything that’s said.
“So even the undisputed fight right now, yeah, we can stress how much we’ve always wanted to do it and we’re ready to make the deal at any time.”