Eddie Hearn mentions three heavyweights bigger than Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury claims he is now walking away from boxing

Tyson Fury claims he is now moving away from boxing (Action Images via Reuters)

Eddie Hearn believes Tyson Fury can not be considered one of the greatest heavyweights ever until he beats Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk.

Fury extended his unbeaten record with a dominant performance against Dillian Whyte at Wembley on Saturday night as he secured a KO victory in the sixth round.

The gypsy king is adamant that he will now retire from boxing and insists he is not interested in fighting either Joshua or Usyk, who are due to meet again in July.

But Hearn believes Fury will continue to fight and feels that the 33-year-old record, which includes victories over Deontay Wilder, Wladimir Klitschko and Whyte, means he can not be considered one of the greatest heavyweights as Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and Lennox Lewis.

Tyson Fury is a big bluff merchant, he does not retire, Hearn said on The DAZN Boxing Show.

‘The biggest fights for Tyson Fury have not happened yet.

Tyson Fury beat Dillian Whyte by an uppercut in the sixth round

Tyson Fury beat Dillian Whyte by an uppercut in the sixth round (AFP via Getty)

‘He’s the best heavyweight on the planet right now, I want to give him that, but when we talk about generational greatness? Yes, for this particular generation, but thank you … with victories over Wilder, Klitschko and Whyte, do not talk about him in the same breath as Ali, Frazier and Lennox Lewis.

‘If he beat AJ and Usyk, I would give him all the respect and be up there, but the jury is out on Deontay Wilder. His best win was Luis Ortiz; we do not know reality or truth [of the debate].

‘There’s no argument, Fury is No. 1 … yes, in fact, there could be a quarrel between Fury and Usyk, but with that resume, do not call him a generational big.

Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk to fight again in July (Getty)

“He may be the greatest ever, I do not think so, but he must prove it in your resume – not to hit a guy [Wilder] three times.

‘I give Fury the credit and respect for knocking people out. I said he was not a knockout artist, I still do not think he is compared to some of the others who beat bigger guys. He proves me wrong.

‘I did not judge him until Klitschko, I thought he had no chance; he won almost every round. I did not think he had a chance in Wilder 1, he won that match and I did not think he would beat Whyte out and he did. So, respect for the man. ‘

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