Anthony Joshua v Tyson Fury fight deal to be done before Deontay Wilder rematch
Eddie Hearn is confident a two-fight deal can be secured for Anthony Joshua against Tyson Fury before either man steps in the ring again.
The Matchroom chief wants the undisputed heavyweight super-fight in December signed before Joshua faces Kubrat Pulev in June and Fury takes on Deontay Wilder again in July.
And he held talks with Fury's US promoter Bob Arum on Tuesday in a bid to get the framework of a deal in place.
Hearn said: “I spoke to Bob Arum and we’ve been talking about how the deal would work.
“We’ve also said we’re willing to do the deal and sign the deal now for December, obviously subject to AJ winning and Fury winning.
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“We would also do the same for Wilder, not if he lost, but if he wins the rematch because there’s nothing else beyond that rematch.
“We would be happy to do a deal with either guy to say we would be happy to do that fight in December.
“It’s difficult to say a deal is in place, but it kind of feels like a framework is in place.”
But two main issues need to be sorted which are TV rights and where the clash will take place – which will directly affect how much each fighter earns.
Saudi Arabia is keen to host the fight with the Principality Stadium in Cardiff the only realistic venue in the UK for December. Las Vegas is currently an outside chance.
Hearn said: “The fighters will say ‘go and tell me what’s out there’ and there are only three options really – Wales, Saudi or Las Vegas.
“For me, any deal we do is likely to be a two-fight deal so wherever it is the first time, it won’t be the second time.
“Whether that’s one fight abroad and then back to Britain in the summer. But the fighters will want to see all the deals out there.”
Fury must retain the WBC title in his third fight with Wilder which is pencilled in for July 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
While Joshua has to defend his WBA, IBF and WBO belts against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev on June 20 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Hearn said: “This whole thing we’re talking about could go up in smoke if someone takes his eye off the ball.”
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Meanwhile, Hearn is expecting a contract from Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in the “next 48 hours” to face either WBO super-middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders or WBA king Callum Smith.
The Matchroom fighter promotes both British fighters and has been negotiating on their behalf but believes Saunders is now the “front runner”.
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