The all-British heavyweight showdown between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury is ready to happen on one of many first two Saturdays in August in Saudi Arabia, in accordance with promoter Eddie Hearn.
The bout between the 2 fighters, who maintain all 4 main world titles within the division, has been on the cusp of being finalised for quite a few weeks however there has nonetheless been no official announcement from both get together.
Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum not too long ago mentioned a struggle in July or August was “lifeless within the water” however Hearn, who promotes Joshua, believes they’re near securing a date in addition to a venue.
Saudi Arabia staged Joshua’s rematch towards Andy Ruiz, when the Briton regained his WBA, IBF and WBO titles in December 2019, placing him on a collision course with Fury, who turned the WBC champion shortly afterwards.
“August 7, August 14,” Hearn mentioned on Sky Sports activities when requested a couple of date for Joshua-Fury. “It’s a really unhealthy secret that the struggle is occurring in Saudi Arabia. I don’t thoughts giving that info, Bob Arum’s already completed it.
“It’s the identical folks we did the cope with for Andy Ruiz, that occasion was spectacular. As companions, they had been unbelievable as nicely, so we’re very comfy.
“We’re very comfy. Anthony’s comfy, he is aware of these folks. They delivered on each one in every of their guarantees final time — we’re able to go.”
Hearn indicated August 14 may very well be a extra beneficial date to keep away from a conflict with the Olympics, that are scheduled to complete six days earlier.
Joshua warned on Twitter on Monday he was “drained” of ready round for Fury and demanded “much less speak, extra motion” from his rival, who responded: “Come get some you then massive ugly Dosser???? YOUR NO TALK NO ACTION.”
Hearn added, “There’s no motive why it shouldn’t occur this week. That is form of just like the second the place you could possibly really flip round at this level and say ‘that is dragging on too lengthy, or I can’t be coping with this anymore’.
“However we now have to nail this, and I’m not going to cease till I nail it, and everybody has simply bought to maneuver ahead collectively. It’s inevitable, however on the identical time, we’ve bought to shut the door on it.”