Eddie Hearn says fight could be headed East
The mouth watering proposed undisputed heavyweight title clash between WBC champ, Deontay Wilder slayer Tyson Fury and WBA Super, WBO and IBF title-holder Anthony Joshua is reportedly one step closer, with a May or June date being teased by sources.
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Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has told The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger that the mega-fight has been ‘verbally agreed’ and contracts are currently being drawn up with only a few minor details remaining.
Eddie Hearn says Tyson Fury-Anthony Joshua is verbally agreed to and contracts are being drafted for the heavyweight championship fight in May/June. Hearn says only “minor issues to resolve” such as who walks last, the site, etc. This fight is going to happen next #FuryJoshua— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) December 20, 2020
One sticking point is the main issue likely to hamper many fight negotiations throughout 2021, the location. Given the Coronavirus situation and the rammifacations it brings with it, it seems likely that the fight is headed for a location in the Middle East..
“Eddie Hearn says Tyson Fury-Anthony Joshua is verbally agreed to and contracts are being drafted for the heavyweight championship fight in May/June. Hearn says [there are] only ‘minor issues to resolve’ such as who walks last, the site, etc. This fight is going to happen next,” tweeted Coppinger. “I think it’s likely [the] fight heads to [the] Middle East but [the] UK [is] also in play.”
Hearn did tease Joshua would be tempted to vacate all his belts if it meant forcing the fight over the line with WBO No.1 Oleksandr Usyk petitioning for his shot at AJ, meaning a ‘step aside’ agreement and financial consideration would need to be made.
Former WBC champion Deontay Wilder is also hoping to enforce his postponed trilogy fight with Fury though ‘The Gypsy King’ and US promoters Top Rank claim the contract for that contest has expired.