Hearn reveals talks are going smoothly to seal Joshua vs Fury fight
‘We’re ready to conclude a deal… December would be perfect’: Eddie Hearn reveals talks are going smoothly to seal all-Brit showdown between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury
- Tyson Fury wrenched the WBC title from Deontay Wilder in spectacular fashion
- Fellow British heavyweight Anthony Joshua holds the WBA, IBF and WBO titles
- The Brits currently hold all four of the major belts in boxing’s blue-riband division
- Eddie Hearn has divulged that talks with Fury’s promoters are going smoothly
Eddie Hearn has revealed he is ‘ready to conclude a deal’ for a December showdown between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury to determine the undisputed world heavyweight champion.
Fury wrenching the WBC title from Deontay Wilder in a spectacular display last month means he and fellow Briton Joshua, the WBA, IBF and WBO champion, hold all four of the major belts in boxing’s blue riband division.
Clamour for a bout between the pair has been building but Joshua will first take on IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev on June 20 while Fury is likely to settle a contractual obligation to rematch Wilder the following month.
Eddie Hearn (right) wants a December fight between Anthony Joshua (left) and Tyson Fury
Fury’s British heavyweight rival Joshua is the current WBA, IBF and WBO champion
However, Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, has divulged that talks with Fury’s handlers are progressing smoothly for a blockbuster fight this winter – provided both combatants come through their summer tests.
Hearn said: ‘Myself and Bob Arum (Fury’s promoter) have been talking to a point where we’re ready to conclude a deal and try to move forward to get that deal done for December.
‘There’s no reason why we can’t put that deal in place now for the winner of those two fights.
‘We’re going to fight on June 20, they’re going to fight, I believe, on July 18. That leaves plenty of time for a December fight.
‘We’ve just got to iron out some basic things like broadcasters and where the fight is going to take place. But I believe there’s a real desire from both sides to get that fight done now. December would be perfect.
‘To have two British heavyweight champions is unbelievable but to have them fighting for the undisputed championship is something that will never, ever happen in our lifetime again.
Fury claimed the WBC title in incredible fashion after beating Deontay Wilder in seven rounds
‘So we’ve got to make it happen, let’s get the deal made now and let’s let those guys concentrate on their big fights in the summer.’
The Principality Stadium in Cardiff as well as Las Vegas and Saudi Arabia remain the front-runners to stage the fight.
But Hearn is optimistic of more than one meeting between the pair and is confident that they will cross paths in the United Kingdom at some point.
He said: ‘This fight is probably going to happen two, maybe three times. We’re going to get it in the UK, it’s just whether one, two or three.
‘December limits us in the UK, it just really leaves us with the (Principality Stadium), so we’re going to look at all options but first thing’s first, let’s get the deal papered and know exactly where we stand.’
Hearn was speaking at the press conference ahead of Scott Quigg’s fight with Jono Carroll
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