Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua had friendly conversation when they heavyweights bumped into each other in Marbella.
That is according to Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn, who dismissed the idea the chance meeting was a set-up.
Joshua, IBF, WBO and WBA (Super) champion, is eager to fight WBC and lineal belt holder Fury next year in what would be the first undisputed heavyweight unification clash in over 20 years.
Initial terms for a two-fight deal has been verbally agreed by the two fighters, but both have to come through their next bouts.
Joshua takes on IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev next while Fury is expected to face Deontay Wilder in their trilogy fight before the end of 2020.
Matchroom boss Hearn revealed exactly what was said between Fury and Joshua when they came across each other on holiday.
‘It was amazing, people think it was a set up,’ the promoter said.
‘AJ said he was walking down the road and Fury drove up and opened the window and was like, “Alright?”
‘I think he said to AJ, “Make sure you beat Kubrat Pulev”. And AJ said, “Make sure you beat Deontay Wilder”.
‘And they both said, “I will, and I’ll see you next year”.’
Joshua and Fury exchanged messages on social media after their short catch-up, continuing to hype up their potential fight.
The coronavirus pandemic has delayed any hope of undisputed unification showdown this year and it could be late next year when they finally meet in the ring.
Hearn confirmed he wanted Fury to fight Dillian Whyte – the WBC’s long-time mandatory challenger – immediately after Wilder rather than jump into two bouts with Joshua.
‘If they [Fury-Wilder] fight in early December, and we make an agreement to fight in early March, yes, we will accept that,’ Hearn told IFL TV.
‘I’ll do Whyte-Fury. I’ll stick the dough up. It’s a huge fight.
‘We haven’t heard from Deontay Wilder. He hasn’t been vocal about the third fight. But we understand the position.
‘Tyson Fury has got to fight Deontay Wilder. Good luck, crack on. It’s difficult for everyone.’
‘Will they do Fury against Wilder 3, and will they do it in November or December?’ he added.
‘The cut-off date for Whyte to fight for the WBC title is the end of February, and we expect that to be kept to.’
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