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Eddie Hearns suggests Oleksandr Uysk must step aside for Joshua v Fury

Eddie Hearn thinks Oleksandr Usyk should step aside for the planned fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury.

The Ukrainian fighter is the mandatory challenger to Joshua's heavyweight title belts but reportedly wants a cut of the fight purse to step aside for the blockbuster clash between the British fighters, a move that has been criticised by promoter Hearn.

He told Boxing Social: "It’s a situation where some people, and this isn’t really a dig at his team or anything, but some people just have the idea he should be getting millions of dollars to step aside for the fight.

"Really, what will happen is, we will apply to the WBO for the undisputed fight. If they say, ‘no, you need to talk to Oleksandr Usyk’ we will go to Oleksandr Usyk, and we will try and make him happy to allow that fight go on."

Hearn continued: "You have to be respected because you’re in a mandatory position, but there is a solution. As I’ve said before, this fight between Fury and AJ will happen with all the belts or not one belt at all.

"The problem is, when there’s a big fight like that, everyone [wants a piece of the pie] and the greed is unbelievable.

"It’s going to come down to the fighters, and the fighters are paying millions of dollars in sanction fees.

"I’ve heard someone say that Usyk wants a percentage of AJ and Fury’s purse to step aside.

"If everyone is smart together, we can find a solution, and I really want it to be undisputed because that’s always been the dream for AJ, and we’re going to do everything we can."

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