TYSON FURY possesses a 'laughable' boxing record in comparison to Anthony Joshua, Eddie Hearn once claimed.
The Matchroom boss has been AJ's promoter since he turned professional in 2013, overseeing fights against the likes of Wladimir Klitschko and Dillian Whyte.
Victory over Kubrat Pulev last year set the IBF, WBO and WBF champion on the path to a unification battle with Fury.
Ahead of facing the Bulgarian, Hearn insisted that his man has faced considerably tougher opponents over his career.
He told Sky Sports: "It makes me laugh when people look at AJ's resume.
"Maybe I'm seeing something other people don't?
"I mean Dillian Whyte, Dominic Breazeale, Wladimir Klitschko, Joseph Parker, Alexander Povetkin, Carlos Takam, Andy Ruiz, Kubrat Pulev.
"These are consecutive fights. You don't see Tom Schwarz, Otto Wallin, Sefer Seferi.
"Who is the other geezer? I can't even remember his name, the Italian bloke? And then Agit Kabayel.
"I mean it's laughable when you compare the two resumes, but it's in black and white for everyone to see."
Both Joshua and Fury have beaten heavyweight legend Wladimir Klitschko, the latter downing the unified champ in 2015 before experiencing personal problems.
On his comeback, the 32-year-old fought a number of lesser-known opponents before a duel with Deontay Wilder.
The 2020 rematch victory over the American saw him claim the WBC title.
Fury has been linked with several fights since having thrown out plans for a trilogy contest with Wilder.
But he has now gone a year without a contest and most recently spoke of 'no progress' in the Joshua talks.
ANTHONY JOSHUA’S LAST TEN FIGHTS
Career record – 24-1
Kubrat Pulev – December 2020 – WON (KO)
Andy Ruiz Jr – December 2019 – WON (UD)
Andy Ruiz Jr – June 2019 – LOST (TKO)
Alexander Povetkin – September 2018 – WON (TKO)
Joseph Parker – March 2018 – WON (UD)
Carlos Takam – October 2017 – WON (TKO)
Wladimir Klitschko – April 2017 – WON (TKO)
Eric Molina – December 2016 – WON (TKO)
Dominic Breazeale – June 2016 – WON (TKO)
Charles Martin – April 2016 – WON (KO)
Joshua may be forced to face WBO mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk early next up instead.
Such an outcome would not be a concern to the 31-year-old, according to Hearn.
The promoter said in November: "AJ has consistently proved that he will fight all-comers – mandatory challengers, unified champions, future hall of famers.
"Anybody, and now he's doing it again.
TYSON FURY LAST TEN FIGHTS
Career record – 30-0-1
Deontay Wilder – February 2020 – WON (TKO)
Otto Wallin – September 2019 – WON (UD)
Tom Schwarz – June 2019 – WON (TKO)
Deontay Wilder – December 2018 – DRAW (SD)
Francesco Pianeta – August 2018 – WON (PTS)
Sefer Seferi – June 2018 – WON (RTD)
Wladimir Klitschko – November 2015 – WON (UD)
Christian Hammer – February 2015 – WON (RTD)
Dereck Chisora – November 2014 – WON (RTD)
Joey Abell – February 2014 – WON (TKO)
"And that's why when you talk about Usyk, he will fight Usyk no problems at all, but he wants to fight Tyson Fury.
"He wants to prove he's the best heavyweight in the world and undisputed or not, we will do everything we can to make sure it is.
"Not one person can have any doubt after that fight, who the baddest man on the planet is."
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