Hearn had targeted this contest for the month of December, but this plan was seriously affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Joshua is set to face his mandatory challenger, Kubrat Pulev, on June 20. The fight should be postponed to July 25, or even later.
Fury was heading for a trilogy with Deontay Wilder on July 18. This fight is now postponed to October.
If Joshua goes ahead with Pulev in July, Hearn says a fight against Fury is still possible for an autumn date – but that can only be possible if Wilder makes a withdrawal deal.
“We have June 20 as the date fixed in pencil for Anthony Joshua. We will be making a statement potentially this week, or perhaps early next week, which will likely be delayed. I think it’s pretty simple and obvious. Hopefully until the end of July, “Hearn told Sky Sports.
“But if it starts beyond that, then you come to a situation where if Joshua is only going to box once this year, he would very much like it to be against Tyson Fury. The situation is a bit out of our hands ”in this sense, if Bob Arum and Al Haymon can speak and make Deontay Wilder wait a bit, we would be delighted to engage in this fight afterwards.
“I think it largely depends on Deontay Wilder. If he’s willing to take that money aside. It’s a conversation to have with Bob Arum and Al Haymon to see if it’s even possible. If it was possible and there was a way to wait for Kubrat Pulev, which is probably an easier job, then for sure, I think Anthony Joshua would be extremely interested in going straight into battle against Tyson Fury . I think in an ideal world, we will have this fight next.
“It has always been the case, but if we can fight Kubrat Pulev in July, we would like to fight Tyson Fury in November, December. At the same time, I think there is so much uncertainty right now, this is the kind of situation that could cause people to say – “I think the time has come.”