The Tyson Fury-Anthony Joshua fight it “100 percent happening” this summer according to Eddie Hearn.
The fight for the undisputed world heavyweight champion is expected to take place in Saudia Arabia, probably Jeddah, on either July 24, 31 or August 7, after a site fee was agreed with backer in the country.
As part of the agreement, the Saudi backers get to choose the date and location of the fight.
Hearn says that matters have continued to progress this week with more contracts exchanged between the backers and promoters Matchroom and Top Rank, who are representing Joshua and Fury respectively.
“Only some more exchanged final drafts, more calls tonight,” Hearn stated this week.
“It’s as done as it can be. It’s non-stop at the moment, but it’s happening, it’s 100 percent happening.”
Hearn previously confirmed to boxingscene.com that the fight will take place at an indoor arena, with a live gate of up to 20,000 people, while Bob Arum confirmed to boxingscene.com that Saudi Arabia will be the location.
The fight will take place at around midnight local time, meaning a peak-time audience in the UK and afternoon time slot in the United States. It will be on pay-per-view with both Sky Sports and BT Sports making the fight available in the UK and ESPN in the US.
Ron Lewis is a senior writer for BoxingScene. He was Boxing Correspondent for The Times, where he worked from 2001-2019 - covering four Olympic Games and numerous world title fights across the globe. He has written about boxing for a wide variety of publications worldwide since the 1980s.