Despite Tyson Fury not being signed to Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Sport, the British promoter has maintained contact with Fury with the hopes of eventually putting together a massive heavyweight slugfest with Anthony Joshua.
Hearn spoke with Sky Sports and opened up on the relationship he has with the former unified world heavyweight champion. Hearn said he enjoys the time he spends with Fury although Fury may have different thoughts on the matter.
"I've got a strange relationship with Tyson Fury. When I see him we have a really nice time together and I almost think he likes me. Then I looked at his Instagram and he's telling me otherwise,” Hearn said.
The Instagram post Hearn is talking about is the one that can be seen below and was posted about a week ago.
It's still Fury's mission to get back the world titles he had lost and that includes a highly-anticipated bout with Joshua, the current unified WBA and IBF heavyweight champion, whom Hearn promotes. On the subject of a possible Joshua vs. Fury bout, Hearn said the fight is a possibility and is one that should happen down the road.
"We've had a couple of texts backward and forwards about his idea of how a deal should work. He wants a lot more than a 50/50 split, he's already told me. Certainly that's a fight that's on everybody's minds right now. But politics aside, I think everyone knows that fights got to happen," Hearn said.
Fury recently got some good news by the UKAD, getting hit with a backdated two-year suspension that was recently completed. All that is left is for Fury to have a meeting with the British Boxing Board of Control in January, hoping the governing body will give Fury his license back. Hearn said in early November that he would be willing to help Fury with his cases in order to get back to the ring as soon as possible.
Even if Fury gets his license back in January, a fight with Joshua will most likely not take place until much later in 2018. Aside from Fury taking any tune-up fights to shake off the ring rust, Joshua and Hearn are reportedly close to finishing a fight deal with WBO champion Joseph Parker with another fight against WBC champion Deontay Wilder also looming in the distance.
Fury has not fought since shocking the world, beating Wladimir Klitschko via unanimous decision in 2015 and capturing the unified WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles. A rematch had been in the works for last year, but injuries and failed drug tests caused the rematch to falter.