Anthony Joshua demonstrates power in training session
If too many cooks spoil the broth then how many promoters ruin a boxing match? That seems to be the complication holding up Anthony Joshua’s potential clash with Tyson Fury as a new party has seemingly entered the negotiations.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has played a major part in Joshua’s rise to the top by helping the heavyweight champion secure the biggest fights.
However, the pair do not seem to be working as closely any more as the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belt holder wants to take control of his own destiny.
Talks should be relatively simple as Joshua and Fury have both verbally agreed to split the purse straight down the middle.
But behind the scenes there are many fingers in the pie.
Fury is managed by Frank Warren and the Gypsy King has also signed a deal with American Bob Arum. They are contracted to BT Sports in the UK and ESPN in the States.
Joshua has always been Matchroom Boxing’s cash cow, who are with Sky Sports, but it now appears he has joined a new management company – 258 Management.
Hearn has recently claimed that the blockbuster unification fight is close to being agreed.
But Joshua appeared to put distance between himself and the man who helped him rise to the top.
“258 management will liaise with Eddie,” the 31-year-old said.
“Eddie has his own views on certain things sometimes and I have my own views on certain things sometimes.”
He added: “How close are we? I promise you conversations are happening.
“We’re definitely looking at the landscape. But until you hear it from me, don’t buy into anything.”
That is not all Joshua has said to put down Hearn in recent weeks. He also excluded the promoter from his list of parties which are working on the deal.
“258 Management [his management company] are reaching out to MTK Global and Frank Warren, Tyson Fury’s management team, so we can start having conversations about the logistics and exactly what it will take to make this fight happen,” he explained.
“I want to just get in there and fight. I want to be known as someone who is a true warrior to this sport.
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