EDDIE HEARN does not want Anthony Joshua to fight Tyson Fury, claims the Gypsy King's US promoter.
Fury, 34, is in talks with AJ for a heavyweight world title fight on December 3.
Joshua is prepared to take on Fury but there are still contracts to be signed despite agreeing on the date, venue and the purse.
And matchmaker Bob Arum believes that is because AJ's promoter Hearn does not want him to face Fury.
He told BoxingScene: "We don’t think that Hearn wants to make that fight. We really don’t think he wants to make that fight.
"We’re giving him every opportunity to make that fight. And if we can’t make it very shortly, Fury will fight somebody else.
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"We have another opponent lined up.”
Joshua's trainer Robert Garcia is also not keen on the fighter facing Fury so soon after his defeats to Oleksandr Usyk.
Garcia wanted Joshua "step down a level" and have two or three fights before clashing with the Gypsy King, while also requesting to let him train AJ in the US.
If the proposed Joshua fight breaks down Fury could turn to Usyk after claiming he would "smash" the Ukrainian in four rounds.
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But a deal was never agreed with Usyk pinning the blame on Fury despite refusing to fight in December as he wanted to spend time with his family while recovering from his previous fight.
Deontay Wilder also wants to face Fury for a fourth time and claims it is inevitable that they will meet in the ring once again.
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