The Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury mega-fight looks set to be confirmed for Saudi Arabia in August. Eddie Hearn has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to secure arguably the biggest fight in boxing right now and it appears that he is a few steps closer to finalising matters.
A two-fight deal between the planet’s dominant heavyweights has long been agreed but a number of issues relating to venue and date were still undecided. Saudi Arabia, the location of Joshua’s revenge win over Andy Ruiz was always the frontrunner and it now seems certain that Joshua will return there for his biggest ever fight.
“August the 7th, August the 14th. I think it’s a very bad secret that the fight is happening in Saudi Arabia," said Hearn when speaking to Sky Sports' TV coverage.
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“It’s the same people we did the deal with for Andy Ruiz, that event was spectacular. As partners they were fantastic as well. We’re very comfortable. Anthony’s comfortable, he knows those people. They delivered on every one of their promises last time, we’re ready to go.”
On the fight’s official confirmation, Hearn added, “There’s no reason why it shouldn’t happen this week. This is kind of like the moment where you could actually turn around at this point and say, ‘This is dragging on too long, or I can’t be dealing with this anymore.’
“But we have to nail this, and I’m not going to stop until I nail it, and everyone has just got to move forward collectively. We’re ready to go from our side. We’re not far away from their side and it is inevitable, but at the same time, we’ve got to close the door on it.”