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Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte and Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk likely fight dates revealed by Eddie Hearn

TYSON FURY and Anthony Joshua’s clashes with Dillian Whyte and Oleksandr Usyk will take place in April and May respectively – if promoter Eddie Hearn wins tonight’s purse bid.

The WBC will hear purse bids for the long-awaited Battle of Britain between Fury and Whyte at 6pm this evening.

Tyson Fury is on course to defend his WBC heavyweight title against Dillian Whyte
Anthony Joshua, meanwhile, is set to rematch unified champ Oleksandr Usyk

And promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed the pair will likely fight in April and May respectively

Matchroom Boxing chief Hearn is among the bidders for the domestic dust-up and plans to have Fury and Joshua fight in quick succession if he’s successful.

He told iFL TV: “I think April 29 is the date if we win the purse bid we have to do the fight by.

“So we have to do that fight by then. That’s Fury against Whyte.

“AJ, I think will be a little bit later. I think that’ll be in May. So I think you’ll see Fury-Whyte in April. I mean if we win the bid.

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“If Frank [Warren] wins the bid, maybe he does [it on a different date].”

Hearn – who has a lucrative deal in place with streaming platform DAZN – will go all out to land Fury and Whyte’s mouthwatering clash.

He continued: “We’re going to be very aggressive, it would be a major coup for us.

“But as I said earlier, it’s not always easy being on the small end of the split.

But it depends. I don’t know [about ] Tyson’s deal, what he’s negotiating with Top Rank etc. So there’s a lot of work to be done today.”

Fury’s showdown with Whyte moved a huge step closer to coming to fruition this week when a step-aside deal for Joshua to forgo his rematch with unified heavyweight champ Oleksandr Usyk fell through.

But Hearn has claimed the collapse of the proposed undisputed bout was the fault of the Gypsy King.

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He told iFL TV: “The reality of the situation is; we would be willing to see a long-form agreement with a plan for AJ.

“But we’re not even at that stage. Tyson Fury had the opportunity to discuss – Fury doesn’t want to fight Usyk, in my opinion.

“Because he had the opportunity to do it through these discussions and really, when it came down to it, he really don’t want to.

“What Fury wants to do is have a little easy one in March, that’s what he really wants to do.

“Now, he’s going to have to fight Dillian Whyte, and by the way, after all of this kerfuffle, he’ll get beat by Dillian Whyte, he’ll get knocked out by Dillian Whyte.

Eddie Hearn has blamed Tyson Fury for the collapse of an undisputed bout with Oleksandr Usyk

“But the reality is, when it really came down to it, he never wanted to fight Oleksandr Usyk.

“Because he could’ve gone straight into a fight with Oleksandr Usyk, but he didn’t want to go straight into a fight with Oleksandr Usyk.

“But you won’t ever hear that and the public won’t ever hear that. You’ll just hear Fury on Instagram, screaming and shouting with smoking mirrors.”

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