Promoter Hearn says deal done for Joshua to face Fury
(Reuters) – Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn stated an offer for the world heavyweight champ to fulfill Tyson Fury in an indisputable world heavyweight title bout this year is all however done, with a location in the Middle East a front-runner to host it.
Joshua beat Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev last month to maintain his IBF, WBO and WBA titles to establish the possibility of a tasty clash with fellow Briton Fury who holds the WBC belt.
“The deal is done, really – without being signed,” Hearn was priced estimate as stating by The Times.
“The financial elements of the deal are done. We’re talking through the broadcast situation, the only thing really now is to paper it.
“And when you paper an offer like that, it does return and forwards 15 times prior to every letter is authorized on the file.”
Fury has not fought since beating American Deontay Wilder in their Las Vegas rematch in February to claim the WBC crown.
Hearn said Joshua and Fury would face off in two fights – with the first likely to be in the Middle East later this year – and he hoped to bring the rematch back to Britain.
“The Middle East will be aggressive and will be front-runners in this. To stage this battle, you require substantial federal government assistance. You require somebody who is staging this battle as a declaration for their nation,” Hearn said.
“I’d like it (the rematch) to be (in the UK). Where? Centuries Arena.”
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Modifying by Simon Cameron-Moore)
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.