Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury: Eddie Hearn explains minor issues still to be settled as positive progress is made in contract exchange

Eddie Hearn has given another positive update on Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury talks as the fight edges closer to becoming a reality.
AJ’s promoter and Fury’s US co-promoter Bob Arum begun exchanging contracts last week and the hope is that they will have a signed document very soon.
Joshua is promoted by HearnMark Robinson/Matchroom
Hearn told reporters: “We’ve had the contracts back from Top Rank. Nothing major, just some minor bits and pieces that have to be discussed with both parties. All moving in the right direction.
“When we put the contract together it took time because we were trying to work to a contract that wouldn’t come back with hundreds of comments and it didn’t.
“There are still minor details to iron out but we have Top Rank’s comments and are working through those now.
“There’s no deadline. We expect the fight to take place in June, I wouldn’t rule out early July but June is where we want to be.”
Fury is co-promoted by Bob Arum and Frank WarrenMikey Williams/Top Rank
Regarding the minor issues such as whether the fight will be billed as ‘Joshua vs Fury’ or ‘Fury vs Joshua’, Hearn replied: “Still to be discussed.
“I’m looking forward to that one. I suppose you have whose name is first, who goes to the ring first, who has the first changing room, who will weigh in first.
“Jokes aside, that’s not something that will necessarily be solved in one phone call.
“But it will be a discussion point over the next week or so.
“I can’t imagine a Zoom coin flip. It’s better to paper it and discuss it and come to an amicable agreement.
Fury is the WBC heavyweight champion of the worldGetty Images – Getty
“For me AJ is the bigger draw globally. But, again, we are not interested in a debate where the fight falls apart because of things like that.
“We just need to box that off. In any unification fight this is always a conversation that can be arduous.”
The promoter added: “We expect the fight to take place in June. I wouldn’t rule out early July but June is where we want to be.
“Our plan is to start to go to various sites and close the deal.
“We have offers coming in every day from loads of places. We don’t want to waste our time seeing what is real and isn’t real until the fight is signed.
Joshua is the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion of the worldGetty Images
“End of February is a good marker to get it done and finalise a venue.
“We have actually had four offers from the Middle East now so you’d have to say there’s a very good chance of the fight taking place there.
“The offers from Saudi aren’t in the hope they can generate ‘X’million at the gate. It’s government-backed to bring the biggest fight in the world to their territory.
“We get multiple offers from the same country because everyone wants to make money out of this. But there are four offers from within the Middle East.”

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