Eddie Hearn Not Giving Up on Making Anthony Joshua v Tyson Fury a Reality
The most anticipated fight for 2021 has been a showdown between unified IBF/WBA ‘Super’/WBO Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) and WBC world titleholder Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs). In June of 2020, both men verbally agreed to fight twice in 2021. Seeds were planted for what would be the biggest sports event of the year. Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, and Fury’s co-promoter, Bob Arum, acknowledged that serious negotiations are taking place. There were rumblings from both sides the fight could happen as early as June. However, it seems those negotiations have slowed, if not taken a step back.
Members of Team Fury seem frustrated over the tedious and slow-moving process. Fury’s father, John, took to social media to voice his displeasure. On April 7, the WBC champ left a message on Twitter that suggests a timetable for the fight to get made, or else he will move on.
DON’T GIVE UP YET
But according to Hearn, not all hope is lost. The CEO of Matchroom Boxing gave some insight during an interview with Sky Sports.
“At the end of this week, both fighters and the teams will be presented with all the offers and options on the table, which there will be multiple ones.
We’re in a good place. I saw John Fury’s comments. It’s almost like they don’t really want the fight. I’d like them to talk it up, rather than talk it down.
We’re quite aware that there has been a global pandemic. We’re quite aware that it’s not easy, but we’re out there grafting away every day to get this done. A little bit of support would be nice, John and Tyson, thank you very much.”
Several locations have been mentioned. They include Saudi Arabia, Dubai, China, Singapore, and the United States.
Fans would not be happy if a fight so heavily discussed ended up not happening. It would be another case of what could have been.
Time is ticking down. The first of this two-fight proposal is expected to take place in either June or July. To make this a reality, all parties must come together, hammer out a deal, and do so quickly. It is now an open question whether this proposed series will happen at this point. Stay tuned to 3KingsBoxing for further updates.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.