TYSON FURY possesses a ‘laughable’ boxing record in comparison to Anthony Joshua, Eddie Hearn has claimed.
The Matchroom boss has been AJ’s promoter since he turned professional in 2013, overseeing fights against the likes of Wladimir Klitschko and Dillian Whyte.
Next up on the Brit’s radar is Kubrat Pulev, in defence of his WBF, IBO and IBF heavyweight belts.
Victory over the Bulgarian will continue Joshua on the path to a unification battle with Fury next year.
Ahead of further talks with the Gypsy King’s camp, Hearn has insisted that his man has faced considerably tougher opponents over his career.
He told Sky Sports: “It makes me laugh when people look at AJ’s resume.
“Maybe I’m seeing something other people don’t?
“I mean Dillian Whyte, Dominic Breazeale, Wladimir Klitschko, Joseph Parker, Alexander Povetkin, Carlos Takam, Andy Ruiz, Kubrat Pulev.
“These are consecutive fights. You don’t see Tom Schwarz, Otto Wallin, Sefer Seferi.
“Who is the other geezer? I can’t even remember his name, the Italian bloke? And then Agit Kabayel.
“I mean it’s laughable when you compare the two resumes, but it’s in black and white for everyone to see.”
Both Joshua and Fury have beaten heavyweight legend Wladimir Klitschko, the latter downing the unified champ in 2015 before experiencing personal problems.
On his comeback, the 32-year-old fought a number of lesser-known opponents before a duel with Deontay Wilder.
February’s rematch victory over the American saw him claim the WBC title.
Fury was expected to fight next month having thrown out plans for a trilogy contest with Wilder.
But he confirmed over Twitter that he will not return to the ring until 2021, amid mediation talks over the expired deal.
That could delay the potential clash with Joshua, who may be forced to face WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk early next year instead.
Such an outcome would not be a concern to the 31-year-old, according to Hearn.
The promoter added: “AJ has consistently proved that he will fight all-comers – mandatory challengers, unified champions, future hall of famers.
“Anybody, and now he’s doing it again.
“And that’s why when you talk about Usyk, he will fight Usyk no problems at all, but he wants to fight Tyson Fury.
“He wants to prove he’s the best heavyweight in the world and undisputed or not, we will do everything we can to make sure it is.
“Not one person can have any doubt after that fight, who the baddest man on the planet is.”