Eddie Hearn ‘very confident’ Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury will happen, reveals he is hoping to announce date and venue in early February

Eddie Hearn has told talkSPORT he is hopeful that he’ll be able to make an announcement regarding the date and venue for Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury at the start of next month.
AJ’s promoter is currently continuing talks behind the scenes with Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum to try and finalise all aspects of a deal.
Joshua is represented by HearnMark Robinson/Matchroom
On Monday, Hearn updated White and Jordan on talkSPORT: “All I can tell you is things are looking nice.
“We’ve got a lot on our plate, but we’re working on the contracts now, working on the finer details with Bob Arum.
“I’m very confident you’re gonna see this fight this summer.
“I think both guys are all-in on this fight.
“The devil is always in the detail but both guys committed to make this fight.
“Hopefully early February we can give you a date and a venue as to where that fight will take place.”
Arum promotes Tyson Fury in the US and Frank Warren is his UK promoterMikey Williams/Top Rank
Late last week, Hearn explained that AJ vs Fury could be broadcast by two different networks in both the UK and USA.
Hearn told reporters: “I don’t think it will be difficult. There’s a solution for everybody.
“The two broadcast issues are DAZN and ESPN in America – AJ has a matching rights deal with DAZN and Fury has an exclusive deal with ESPN.
“When you flip that in the UK, AJ has an exclusive deal with Sky and Fury has matching rights with BT.
“Is there a deal where all four of those parties can carry broadcast of the fight? Yeah, I believe there is.
Hearn and Arum have worked together on multiple fights in the pastMark Robinson/Matchroom
“I can’t speak on behalf of Sky, but I’m not sure they would have an issue with saying to the public, ‘You can watch on Sky or BT.’
“When it’s a fight of this magnitude, I don’t think anyone is looking to be obstructive.”
Never before in British boxing history have two major PPV broadcasters worked together on a fight.
However, the precedent has been set in America with HBO and Showtime previously collaborating on the PPVs for Lennox Lewis vs Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao.
AJ’s rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr took place in Saudi Arabia a year agoDave Thompson/Matchroom
Arum claimed last week that a venue had been secured.
However, Hearn has insisted this is not the case and multiple offers remain on the table.
He said their plan is to finalise a deal and contract for the fight, then confirm a date/venue.
The promoter has listed Qatar, Dubai, Singapore, China and America as possible locations, though Saudi Arabia remains frontrunner.

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