Eddie Hearn's Fury Prediction: Knockout for Money or True Faith? – Boxing News 24

Promoter Eddie Hearn has sided with Tyson Fury to defeat Oleksandr Usyk by knockout next Saturday night, seven days from now, on May 18, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Hearn says he “really” wants WBC heavyweight champion Fury (34-0-1, 24 KOs) to beat IBF/WBA/WBO champion Usyk (21-0, 14 KOs) to win, and it's easy to understand Why.

Golden Goose Factor

If Fury beats Usyk, it will work in Anthony Joshua's favor because it will create the possibility that His Excellency will arrange an immediate Fury-Joshua fight later this year.

Eddie's golden goose, Joshua, stands to make a lot of money if Fury beats Usyk, and it's hard to ignore that part of the equation in Hearn's forecast for next Saturday.

A Fury win would open the floodgates for a massive money fight for Anthony Joshua, a match that would bring untold riches to AJ.

Why a Fury win is crucial for Joshua's team

  • Financial Fortune: Joshua-Fury = $$$$$
  • Fury is 35 years old and looks the part.
  • Joshua is 34 years old and was resurrected by Hearn's magic touch (with four consecutive gentle touches)

Joshua vs Fury will be a huge fight. If Hearn's prediction of a Fury knockout is correct, it increases the chances of these two meeting before the end of the year.

The Saudis won't want to wait and risk Fury losing his rematch with Usyk because that's entirely possible.

Given Fury's history of celebrating with food and letting his weight get out of control after a big win, he could lose a rematch with Usyk if it happens later this year. That's why it's important that His Excellency book Fury-Joshua this year rather than wait for Fury to fight Usyk a second time.

Can Fury live up to Hearn's knockout prophecy?

“I didn’t think he would beat Wladimir Klitschko. I didn’t think he would beat Deontay Wilder, but I was also against Usyk,” promoter Eddie Hearn told Matchroom Boxing while discussing next Saturday’s undisputed heavyweight fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk in Riyadh.

“I believed that AJ would beat Usyk. Right now, if Fury comes out the same way he did with Wilder II and is aggressive and applies smart pressure, I think he can stop him. That’s what I’m striving for now,” Hearn said. “I hope Fury can do it, I really want him to win this fight.”

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