The epic undisputed fight of Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, totally British, has finally been confirmed by promoter Eddie Hearn, who says it will take place in Saudi Arabia on August 7 or 14.
Boxing fans have been waiting for news of the long-awaited showdown between the pair, which will determine the best fighter on the planet, but the talks have dragged on for months, with both teams increasingly frustrated by the slow nature of the negotiations.
But Hearn, who has led the discussions for some time and has ensured the fight will continue for many weeks, has revealed a date for the showdown and said it would take place in Saudi Arabia, where Joshua beat Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019. .
“Aug 7 / Aug 14,” Hearn told Sky Sports when asked about a date for the fight. “ I think it is a very bad secret that the fight is happening in Saudi Arabia.
I don’t mind giving you that information, Bob Arum already has.
Hearn praised the ‘fantastic’ organizers in the Middle East and endorsed them in putting together a top-notch event after the successful fight between Joshua and Ruiz Jr almost two years ago, insisting both sides are ‘ready to go’.
‘They are the same people with whom we made the deal for Andy Ruiz, that event was spectacular.
As partners they were also fantastic so we are very comfortable
Anthony is comfortable, he knows those people, they kept every one of their promises last time. We are ready to start.
That is going to be the date. Of course you have the Olympics ending on August 7, so in terms of a global show, it would make sense to go on the 14th. That’s one of the things to score in the next, hopefully in a few days. ‘
It won’t be the first time Fury has fought in Saudi Arabia, having made a surprise appearance in WWE, defeating Braun Strowman in the country in October 2019.
There were big questions about the fight as the weeks passed without any official announcement, with Fury and his promoters Arum and Frank Warren raising questions about whether it would take place.