“We needed to come up with a path and plan that everyone was comfortable with and ultimately, not everyone was comfortable with it.”

Hearn, who promotes both Joshua and Whyte, fired a warning to Fury after his clash with the Brixton Body Snatcher was confirmed.

“What Tyson Fury wants to do is have a little easy one in March,” the 42-year-old told IFL TV.

“Now he’s gonna have to fight Dillian Whyte and, by the way, after all this kerfuffle, he’ll get beat by Dillian Whyte. 

“He’ll get knocked out by Dillian Whyte.”

While Fury is set to face Whyte in a bout the 33-year-old dubbed ‘the best in Britain’, Joshua will clash with Usyk.

Hearn anticipates it will be ‘straightforward’ given the fact the two have a contract as Joshua merely triggered his rematch clause.