Boxing-Hearn says Fury v Joshua will be in Saudi Arabia in August

LONDON (Reuters) -A long-waited for world heavyweight boxing title marriage battle in between British competitors Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua is set for Saudi Arabia in August, promoter Eddie Hearn stated on Tuesday.

Joshua, 31, holds the IBF, WBO, WBA and IBO titles while Fury, 32, is the WBC belt holder.

“August the seventh, August the 14th. I think it’s a very bad secret that the fight is happening in Saudi Arabia,” Hearn, head of Matchroom Sport and Joshua’s promoter, informed Sky Sports tv.

“It’s the same people we did the deal with for Andy Ruiz, that event was spectacular. As partners they were fantastic as well,” he included.

Joshua recovered his belts from Andy Ruiz Jr in Diriyah, on the borders of the Saudi capital Riyadh, in December 2019. He had actually lost the belts to the Mexican-American in an earlier shock defeat.

Hearn stated Fury’s legal representatives were going through the great information however a statement might come today.

“We’re very comfortable. Anthony’s comfortable, he knows those people. They delivered on every one of their promises last time, we’re ready to go,” stated Hearn.

He stated it made more sense to choose the 14th in regards to the international phenomenon, with the Tokyo Olympics ending up on Aug. 8, however wanted to pin down the date and place in the next couple of days.

Hearn stated in March that Fury and Joshua had actually concurred a two-fight offer to combine the title, although Fury’s co-promoters consequently called into question that.

Fury has actually not defended more than a year given that his knockout win versus American Deontay Wilder. Joshua’s last battle protested Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in December.

Joshua and Fury have actually both been active on social networks just recently, trading barbs.

Fury stated in a podcast with Hearn recently that he would expose Joshua in the ring as a phony and cut him down “like a hot knife through cheese”.

He stated the genuine distinction in between them was that Joshua was an entrepreneur, while he was a ‘Spartan’.

Joshua required to Twitter on Tuesday to state: “Spartan” I’m worn out. My fans are tired. Your fans are tired. We’re all sick of the talk. Less talk. More action!”

Fury replied by saying Joshua was “no talk no action”.

Hearn said he would be talking to Fury’s people later on Tuesday.

“We remain in a fantastic location, we’re really comfy with the offer now and we wish to move on and we wish to get it done,” he said. “I wish to have the ability to stand here and not state ‘provide me a number of days or next week’.

“We just have to get everybody comfortable to shake hands and say ‘we’re in this as a team, we’re in this for boxing. Let’s move forward and make this fight’.”

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, modifying by Christian Radnedge)

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.