By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
TYSON FURY is now the top dog in the heavyweight division while Anthony Joshua continues to be Eddie Hearn’s cash cow.
That was the view of Fury’s promoter Frank Warren last night after his man was involved in a thrilling draw against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in the early hours of Sunday.
Fury picked himself off the canvas twice in the brilliant battle against the American fought out at Staples Center in LA.
But the second time he got up in the 12th round was the stuff of legend from the self-styled Gypsy King.
Now Joshua is now longer the main man in the glamour division of the sport according to Warren.
He said: “He’s not the most powerful man in the division anymore. I said all along that when the best fight the best, it decides the No1.
“I know I am biased but Tyson Fury is the No. 1 now, for me and maybe Wilder is No. 2 or is No. 1 joint with him.
“But Joshua is in the slipstream now because these guys went in and did it at good ages. They did it at their peak.
”They were not fighting old guys, it was not a passing-the-baton fight, Tyson is almost at his peak.
“Joshua’s promoter Barry Hearn is no schmuck, he is an accountant, he has gone on the record to say they have a business plan that is all about selling tickets and making a lot of money.
“They said ‘we can fight Mickey Mouse and still sell all these tickets, we don’t care if he never fights Deontay Wilder’ they are his words, he said them.
“As long as they can keep milking the cash cow that’s what they will do.”
Warren is ready to write to the WBC to request an immediate rematch with Wilder and believes he has the backing of the British Boxing Board of Control.
Fury’s team were angered by two scorecards that gave the fight to Wilder 115-111 and deemed it a draw at 113-113.
Warren believes Joshua could now face undisputed cruiserweight king Oleksandr Usyk on April 13 at Wembley with Dillian Whyte another rumoured opponent.
But the hall-of-fame promoter reckons either fight will feel flat in comparison to a potential rematch between Fury and Wilder.
He added: “I am now hearing Joshua’s next opponent for April 13 is not going to be Dillian Whyte and will be Oleksandr Usyk, let them get on with it.
“This right here was the best heavyweight fight, ironically, since the Lennox Lewis vs Vitali Klitschko fight that was in the same Staples Center venue in 2013.
“I know why they want to fight Usyk, he is a smaller guy and not much of a puncher.
“This rematch is the fight boxing fans want to see. Tyson was robbed of a historical moment, he is the people’s champion, we will put it right.
“I want it in the UK, Tyson has been saying he wants it in Manchester but I reckon we would only get a draw there too.”