Eddie Hearn Says That Anthony Joshua v Tyson Fury Super-Fight All But Finalized
The saga that is the negotiations for the heavyweight unification mega-fight between IBF/WBA ‘Super’/WBO champion Anthony Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) and WBC champion Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) continues. Both sides continue to grind behind the tables ironing out the final details. It goes back to June of 2020 when both men agreed to a two-fight deal. Negotiations became serious in December of 2020 following Joshua’s win over IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev. The presumption is Joshua and Fury will fight this summer in the Middle East.
There has been rumbling behind the scenes that a deal is forthcoming. As of yet though, no announcement has been made. During a May 11 interview with Sky Sports, Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn provided an update. He says there is a targeted date and location.
“August 7th or August 14th. I think it’s a very bad secret that the fight is happening in Saudi Arabia. To be honest with you. I don’t mind giving you that information, Bob Arum has already done it.
I’ve told you it’s the same people that we did the deal with for Andy Ruiz. That event was spectacular. As partners, they were fantastic as well. So, we’re comfortable, Anthony’s comfortable. He knows those people. They delivered on every one of their promises last time. We’re ready to go.”
Hearn further explained only minor issues need addressing, like putting pen put to paper, and the fight is a go.
NO TURNING BACK NOW
According to the CEO of Matchroom Boxing, it would be a shame if the fight would not become a reality. It would be a grave disappointment not only to all parties involved but to the sport at large.
“Let’s move forward and make this fight because if we don’t, we’re going to kick ourselves forever and we’re going to let people down.
We’re going to let boxing down if we don’t do this fight. We’re going to let the fighters down because this is their moment.
This is the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world. This is everything for the sport of boxing and I won’t stop until this gets done.”
Promises are one thing, but fans will truly believe once both men officially sign the contracts, followed by a press announcing the fight. The hope is Hearn’s claims are more than rhetoric. Fingers crossed that Joshua v Fury finally happens. Stay tuned to 3KingsBoxing for further updates.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.