Former unified heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is still suspended with no timetable for his return, but promoter Eddie Hearn said he wants to help Fury get back in the ring to set up a potential clash between Fury and unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
The Matchroom Boxing promoter spoke to Sky Sports and said he is willing to help out Fury and his case with the U.K. Anti-Doping Agency. Fury's boxing license was revoked as a result of him failing a drug test last year, but the British Boxing Board of Control advised Fury to set up a date with the UKAD so that Fury can get back to the ring as soon as possible.
"We would like to help him clear up his stuff with UKAD and start building a schedule that will lead to Anthony Joshua," Hearn said.
Hearn said he recognizes how big of a match Joshua vs. Fury is, especially to the British boxing community. Both Joshua and Fury have unbeaten records and own victories over longtime heavyweight king Wladimir Klitschko.
"You talk about AJ versus [Deontay] Wilder but it's nowhere as big as AJ against Fury. That is a fight that can be built into something huge. Two completely different characters, two completely different styles, two undefeated heavyweights, two unified champions," Hearn said.
Fury has been trying to get a fight against Joshua for several months, promising that he would beat the current unified champion. Joshua currently holds two of the three belts Fury won when he beat Klitschko back in late 2015.
Joshua probably still has to deal with Kubrat Pulev, the mandatory challenger to the IBF title that Joshua holds. Joshua was supposed to fight Pulev on October 28, but an injury to Pulev forced him to withdraw. Carlos Takam fought in Pulev's place, but got stopped by Joshua in their fight, which took place in Cardiff, Wales.