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Anthony Joshua will be underdog in Tyson Fury blockbuster, admits promoter Eddie Hearn

ANTHONY JOSHUA will be the underdog against Tyson Fury when they battle to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

That is the view of AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn, who vowed the all-British superfight WILL be arranged as the two camps would be ‘idiots’ not to.

He said: “I’ve already spoken to AJ and he wants to go into this fight next.

“We have to make this fight happen. We will never, ever get the chance for two Brits to fight for an undisputed heavyweight world championship again.

“I said to AJ last night, the great thing about this is you’re going into the fight as the underdog.

It’s a 50-50 fight between a unified heavyweight champion and WBC world heavyweight champion.... We’d be clowns, we’d be idiots if we didn’t make this fight

Eddie Hearn

“Very rarely will you see AJ going into any fight as underdog but this time, when you look at the betting markets, he’s the underdog against Tyson Fury.

“That’s perfect, just how we want it.

“We believe we’ve got the man who can be the undisputed heavyweight world champion.”

But the Watford star, 30, regained his WBA, IBF and WBO world titles with a rematch win in Saudi Arabia two months ago.

Hearn watched Joshua crack on his US debut last June when he suffered a shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr.

AJ’s manager Freddie Cunningham was ringside in Las Vegas for Fury’s career-defining WBC world title win over Deontay Wilder on Sunday morning.

On current form, the Gypsy King is the bookies’ favourite to become the first undisputed heavyweight king since Lennox Lewis in 1999.

And Matchroom boss Hearn added: “It’s a 50-50 fight between a unified heavyweight champion and the WBC world heavyweight champion.

“Fury’s beaten Wladimir Klitschko, he’s beaten Wilder. His resume stands now as possibly one of the best in the division.

“When you look at Joshua’s whole resume, it’s looking increasingly impressive — but it’s all irrelevant in the end.

“Tyson Fury believes he can beat Anthony Joshua. There’s only one way to find out. Let’s make it happen.”

Wilder, recovering from his brutal seventh-round stoppage, now has 28 days to take up the option of a trilogy fight with Fury, which would have to take place before August.

Joshua has been ordered by the IBF to face their mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev, slated for June 20 at Tottenham’s new ground.

Bulgarian Pulev could be offered step-aside money to allow the undisputed decider to go ahead.

Hearn said: “We’d be clowns, we’d be idiots if we didn’t make this fight.

“If we can go straight into the Fury fight this summer, that is everybody’s preference.”

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