How heavyweight scene could look now if Eddie Hearn had signed Tyson Fury

By Ben Davies

Tyson Fury met with Eddie Hearn as he plotted his boxing comeback in 2017 - but a deal fell which would affect the heavyweight scene for years.

The 'Gypsy King' currently holds the WBC heavyweight title and is viewed as the leading fighter in the division, holding an undefeated record with 31 professional victories.

In 2015 Fury recorded one of the greatest British victories on foreign soil when he outboxed Wladimir Klitschko to become a four-belt unified heavyweight champion.

However his personal life hit rock bottom after he suffered with mental health issues and an alarming weight gain which left his glittering career in jeopardy.

But he made his comeback after being signed by American promoter Top Rank in partnership with Frank Warren and beat Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta before his historic trilogy with Deontay Wilder began.

Tyson Fury may not have been WBC world champion (Getty Images)

Hearn, who has built up Fury's main heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua, was planning to sign the 'Gypsy King' when he was looking to make his comeback with the pair meeting in Monaco.

However the Matchroom Boxing kingpin opted against signing Fury as he was concerned with the pace of his comeback plan.

If Hearn had signed Fury to work alongside Joshua in the heavyweight division, the world scene could have looked completely different.

Initially the pattern would have largely remained the same with Fury cruising to comfortable victories against Seferi and Pianeta.

Hearn revealed to Boxing Social that if he had promoted Fury, he would matched the 'Gypsy King' in a third fight against Manuel Charr.

"So the plan was to have two easy fights, by that we meant the likes of Sefer Seferi which he did, but then have a step-up and fight like Manuel Charr," Hearn said.

"I was just thinking... If I had known that he would fight Sefer Seferi, someone else and then Deontay Wilder I would have been all over it."

It is likely that Hearn would be keen to proceed with caution during the early stages of Fury's comeback and keep him and Joshua apart.

Joshua would have initially continued his actual path of further unifying the division with Joseph Parker in 2019 to earn the WBO belt to add to his collection.

Alexander Povetkin earned his shot as the WBA challenger but Joshua may have had his focus on an undisputed tilt with Wilder.

Wilder previously admitted that he handed Fury the world title shot as an opportunity after his struggle with personal issues as he looked to return to the top.

If Fury had instead been engaged in a tune-up meeting with Charr, Wilder could have instead finally negotiated a two-fight deal with Joshua for the undisputed crown.

Joshua and Wilder may have then faced each other in a 2018 clash if the offer from Wilder's team had been increased from the $50million that Joshua rejected to stage the event at Wembley.

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Anthony Joshua could have avoided defeat by Andy Ruiz Jr (Getty Images)

“It’s the first time I’ve ever really had issues on the financial side with a fighter," Joshua explained at the time on why he rejected the offer.

“So, let’s say that fifty million we talked about. Listen, it’s a hell of a lot of money and it was an honour to even have that number thrown at me!

“So the $50m was unbelievable, it’s a great number, but there are things in place that don’t make that $50m worth it to the person paying it.”

Povetkin would have likely agreed a step-aside deal to face the winner of the undisputed bout in the biggest fight of his career.

Meanwhile Fury would have beaten Charr in 2018 in a three-fight comeback year to earn the WBA 'regular' world title, with his pursuit turning to forcing his shot at the winner of Joshua vs Wilder in 2019.

That would have been the year of a likely Wilder-Joshua rematch irrespective of the winner of the opening meeting.

The winner of the rematch at the turn of the year would then have been ordered to defend his belts against Povetkin later in the year, meaning Joshua would likely never have come across Andy Ruiz Jr.

Fury, meanwhile, would have been unable to force any shot at the winner of the undisputed tilt in the year and would have likely kept active by fighting in eliminators with the likes of No.1 ranked fighter Trevor Bryan.

He could even have forced a final eliminator with Oleksandr Usyk who was ranked at No.2 with the WBA.

Any hope of a title shot for Fury may have been further delayed if Joshua and Wilder met for a third time - perhaps without the WBA title on the line in a bid to avoid a clash with Povetkin.

The trilogy would have been completed in the early stages of 2021 after the coronavirus pandemic shut down large boxing events the year before.

Ultimately, if Fury had remained unbeaten by last year, he would likely finally be granted his shot at the winner of the Joshua-Wilder trilogy - but with mandatory defences piling up, it is unlikely it would be for all the marbles.

It may even have been for just the WBA and Ring magazine titles while the likes of Usyk, Dillian Whyte, Joe Joyce and Kubrat Pulev squabbled over the remaining belts.

By now, Joshua or Fury could have even be retired having established themselves, without question, as the best heavyweight on the planet.


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