Anthony Joshua v Tyson Fury: Saudi Arabia set to host mega-fight in August, reveals Eddie Hearn
Saudi Arabia are set to host the unifying world heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury in August, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.
The bout, which is expected to be one of the most lucrative in boxing history, has been said to take place in the Kingdom for some time, although rival boxer camps have been reluctant to confirm its location. The price to host the fight would have cost between $ 150 million and $ 200 million.
However, speaking to Sky Sports on Tuesday, Hearn, who is promoting Joshua, said: “August 7th, August 14th. I think it’s a really bad secret that the fight is taking place in Saudi Arabia. These are the same people we made the deal with for Andy Ruiz – this event was spectacular. As partners, they were also fantastic.
“We’re very comfortable. Anthony is comfortable; he knows these people. They kept their every promise last time. We’re good to go.”
Joshua, 31, beat Ruiz Jr in Diriyah on the outskirts of Riyadh in their rematch in December 2019 – his initial loss remains his only loss in 25 professional fights – to reclaim the IBF, WBA and WBO belts. Meanwhile, the undefeated Fury (30 wins, one draw) are the reigning WBC champion.
The British boxers, who agreed to a two-fight deal earlier this year, were embroiled in a heated social media exchange last week as tensions rose around the finalization of a summer fight.
“I saw AJ’s tweets [Joshua]”Hearn said.” He’s tired, the fans are tired and everyone is tired. We’re in a phase where people are getting frustrated.
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“The deal is done. Now we’re into the finer details of the contract, which came back last Friday. It came back last night. They’re now on appeal to the office about it, and I think at one point given, people are going to have to take a little leap of faith in this deal.
“From our point of view and AJ’s point of view, we’re good to go. From Tyson Fury’s point of view, they have a few lawyers in front of their point of view.
“There’s no reason that couldn’t happen this week. It’s kind of like when you could actually turn around at this point and say, ‘This is dragging on too long, or I can’t. no longer handle that. ‘
“But we have to succeed, and I won’t stop until I do, and everyone just has to move forward collectively. We are ready to go from our side, we are not far from their side and it’s inevitable. But at the same time, you have to close the door on it. “