EDDIE HEARN is adamant Tyson Fury won’t be a “generational great” until he beats Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk.
The Gyspy King, 33, added Dillian Whyte’s name to his resume last weekend with a spectacular sixth-round knockout at Wembley.
Tyson Fury added Dillian Whyte’s name to his resume with a brutal KO at Wembley
But Eddie Hearn insists The Gypsy King can’t be considered a ‘generational great’ until he beats Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk
Fury’s unblemished career – in which he’s won the lot – has seen him compared to former undisputed champ and British great Lennox Lewis.
But Hearn insists his name can’t be mentioned in the same breath as Lewis’ just yet.
When discussing Fury’s resume and the highlights of Deontay Wilder’s career, he told IFL TV: “Wilder’s key wins? He ain’t got none.
“How can you say that Wilder is a better heavyweight than Joshua when Joshua has beaten Klitschko, Dillian Whyte – everyone wants to include that in Tyson Fury’s resume – Joseph Parker, Alexander Povetkin, Andy Ruiz Jr.
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“It goes on and on. So what I’m saying is: Tyson Fury is No.1. No.2, Oleksandr Usyk. No.3, Anthony Joshua.
“Fury hasn’t boxed them, he hasn’t beaten them.
“If he beats those guys, he will go down, in my opinion, in the same breath as the last undisputed heavyweight world champion – which was Lennox Lewis.”
Matchroom Boxing chief Hearn, however, admits the undefeated Fury is the current king of the heavyweights.
He continued: “Fury; great heavyweight. Best heavyweight right now in the world.
“Give him all the credit in the world, [but] don’t talk to me about generational greats.”
Hearn – who rejected the chance to sign Fury in 2017 – believes the Wythenshawe warrior has the potential to be the best heavyweight of his era but needs to prove it by not retiring.
He said: “I think he’s got the ability to be [a generational great.
“But let’s see what happens in July when AJ fights Usyk and let’s see if he wants to fight the winner.
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“I hope he does because he’s a tremendous fighter and I think he’s in the prime of his life and I would love to see if he can secure that kind of generational greatness.”
Fury teased retirement after victory in his domestic dust-up with Whyte only to talk up a hybrid boxing match with UFC champion Francis Ngannou a few moments later.
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