Fury v Joshua megafight ‘dead in the water’

An all-British heavyweight face-off in between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury in July or August is “dead in the water”, according to Fury’s promoter.

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn stated on Thursday he was “100 percent confident” the battle would occur in spite of issues over hold-ups in settling the incredibly battle.

Saudi Arabia, where Joshua won a rematch versus Andy Ruiz Jr in December 2019, has actually supposedly provided a substantial amount to host the battle.

Bob Arum, however, thinks it will not now be possible to finish settlements in time and has actually required the 2 fighters to organize other battles.

“It will take months for the Saudis to do their due diligence on such a huge deal,” Arum informed the Telegraph.

“It is not just a site fee, there are ancillary demands from the Saudis stretching into the broadcast deals and other things. It could take months for it all to play out. It could even take until 2022 the way it looks right now.

“The battle in July or August is dead in the water as far as we are worried. The 2 fighters require to go and have other battles this summertime while the settlements for that battle in the Middle East conclude.

“It is absurd what Hearn is saying that it is a done deal. If we had just done a site deal without all the other complications that have arisen, we would have a fight by now. Tyson Fury is fuming about it and is refusing to keep waiting.”

The battle will be the wealthiest in British boxing history, with the 2 males holding all 4 of the significant world titles in the heavyweight department in between them.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.