June 22, 2021, 13:12

    Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury still on track for August despite latest delay

    Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury still on track for August despite latest delay

    Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury will clash in Saudi Arabia on August 7 or 14, insists promoter Eddie Hearn.

    The fight had been called into question after Fury refused to agree to the final terms of the contract.

    Joshua then called on this rival to do just that in order to crown the first undisputed heavyweight world champion since 1999.

    And Hearn, who promised an announcement this week, insists the fight will take place.

    "I saw the tweets from AJ. He's tired, the fans are tired, and everyone is tired," he told Sky Sports News.

    "We're in a stage where people are getting frustrated. The deal is done. Now we're on the finer details of the contract, which came back last Friday. It went back last night. They are on calls now in the office about it, and I think at some point people are going to have to take a little bit of a leap of faith in this deal.

    Anthony Joshua will take on Tyson Fury this summer

    "From our perspective and AJ's perspective, we're ready to go. From Tyson Fury's perspective, they've got a couple of lawyers across it from their point.

    "The tweet from AJ last night was, 'Come on, less talk, more action. Let's get this done!'

    "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."

    Joshua and Fury agreed last summer to evenly split the purse from the first fight with the winner earning 60 per cent from the rematch.

    But it took until March for contracts to be signed before promoters Eddie Hearn and Bob Arum sought to secure a venue.

    Saudi Arabia had long been the frontrunner but faced competition from Las Vegas, Singapore and Macau, as well as from neighbouring states in the Gulf.

    Wembley had remained in the frame but doubts over a capacity 100,000 crowd being in place saw it miss out.

    Hearn conducted a whirlwind six-country, four-continent world tour two weeks ago in a bid to secure a host of offers.

    He returned with four and presented them to Joshua and Fury and their teams with the capital Riyadh the obvious choice.

    That prompted the first positive uttering from Fury who, along with his dad John, had played down the prospect of a deal being completed for the summer.

    And Hearn confirmed both fighters had opted for the same site offer and that contracts would be signed imminently although it ultimately took another six weeks.

    The only outstanding issue was the date with July 31, August 7 and August 14 the three options. An official announcement – and the first head-to-head meeting – is expected soon.

    Each fighter could earn up to £75million from what will be the biggest fight in boxing since Floyd Mayweather outpointed Manny Pacquiao in 2015.

    It will be Fury's first fight for 18 months since he stopped Deontay Wilder to be crowned world champion for a second time.

    Joshua on the other hand last fought just four months ago when he stopped Kubrat Pulev to retain his three world titles.

    But it will be Fury who starts the favourite for a clash which Hearn has predicted will make the world stand still.

    Sourse: mirror.co.uk

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