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Lomachenko vs Campbell: Fury was close To fight With Anthony Joshua, says Hearn

“I think as history tells you now, it would have been taken,” says Peter Fury

By Richard DamerellL

1:02 Can Peter Fury plot another famous heavyweight win when his son Hughie faces Povetkin? Can Peter Fury plot another famous heavyweight win when his son Hughie faces Povetkin? Anthony Joshua had previously welcomed a showdown with Tyson Fury, but his British rival’s cousin Hughie was also “very close” to a domestic clash.

Hughie Fury is now preparing for a crucial heavyweight clash with Alexander Povetkin on the Vasiliy Lomachenko-Luke Campbell at The O2 on August 31, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Fury is preparing to fight Alexander Povetkin on the Lomachenko-Campbell bill THE FURY NAME – PRIDE & PAIN@HughieFury on fighting for family pride, overcoming dark moments in defeat, and accepting a perilous fight

(@SkySportsBoxing) August 26, 2019But a few years ago, the young prospect was picked as a potential opponent for Joshua, and we asked his new promoter Eddie Hearn and father Peter Fury to reveal why the Brit battle never took place…

Eddie Hearn

Actually, there was a time around the Anthony Joshua versus Dillian Whyte fight that Hughie was the mandatory for the British title.

I never believed that Peter Fury and [promoter] Mick Hennessey wanted the Joshua fight. But now I know them, they did want the fight because I’ve seen them fight Joseph Parker aged 22, and Kubrat Pulev aged 23.

Anthony Joshua claimed the British belt after a win over Dillian Whyte  There was a time when the Hughie versus Joshua fight was very close – I just didn’t believe them! Now knowing them, I know they wanted it.

Eddie Hearn

Now aged 24 he’s fighting Povetkin, so the guy is fearless. There was a time when the Hughie versus Joshua fight was very close – I just didn’t believe them! Now knowing them, I know they wanted it.

Peter Fury

We were talking about Hughie fighting somebody else. I can’t remember. Hughie was scheduled to fight somebody else and after that fight, we were going to take the AJ fight.

Let’s get the world level fights on, he’s at that stage.

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