Eddie Hearn has warned Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua against sparring ahead of the former’s rematch against Deontay Wilder – but admits he can’t stop it from happening.
After regaining his world heavyweight titles with victory over Andy Ruiz Jr last month, Joshua offered to fly to Fury’s Las Vegas training camp to spar his fellow Brit as the Gypsy king prepares for his own title fight against Wilder on February 22.
Fury accepted the offer as he plots to take the WBC belt from American rival Wilder.
But Hearn – who has already promised there will be an all-British super fight between Fury and Joshua at some point – says it’s a bad idea.
The promoter warned that undefeated Fury risks re-opening the cuts he suffered against Otto Wallin in his last fight back in September, despite the fact the 31-year-old was given the green light to return to sparring earlier this month.
Speaking to IFL TV , Hearn said of his fighter Joshua: “I wouldn’t be surprised if he went out there.
“It’s a bit weird because he might fight the winner. Josh is his own boss, if he fancies it, he’ll just go.
“Doesn’t matter what I or Rob (McCracken, trainer) will say, he’ll just go. I wouldn’t want to open up that cut.”
Fury’s rematch with Wilder was confirmed last week, and will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on February 22. The two fought out a draw in Los Angeles in December 2018.
After losing to Ruiz Jr in June last year, Joshua beat him in their rematch to regain the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts.
A fight between Joshua and the winner of Wilder-Fury II has been mooted.
Joshua last month said to Sky Sports: “Fury if you need me, if you need me for sparring – we’re going to fight one day, I’ve sparred Tyson Fury when we were kids anyway – I’ll go out to America to spar Tyson Fury to get him ready for this Wilder fight.”
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Fury immediately took to Instagram to reply, saying: “When I beat Wilder I will fight you AJ no problem and I’d love to have you in camp.
“I hope you mean it because I’d love to have you in training camp. Thanks very much and well done in your last fight, congratulations.”
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