Sky Sports News: Friday 14 May 2021 06:12, UK
Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury will fight in Saudi Arabia on August 14 in a stadium that 'will shock the world', says Eddie Hearn
"Anthony Joshua will go to war with Tyson Fury. He has plans to absolutely demolish him. That’s what I believe he will do," says Eddie Hearn as official confirmation creeps closer.
Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have finalised the date for their undisputed heavyweight championship clash and will meet in a specially-created stadium, says promoter Eddie Hearn.
Joshua and Fury's fight will be on August 14 in Saudi Arabia and was described by Hearn as "a done deal" although it is yet to be officially confirmed by both sides.
But Joshua's promoter insists the focus is now on building a brand new venue to stage this historic fight.
"They want to build a new stadium," Hearn told Sky Sports about the hosts in Saudi Arabia. "They have indoors options.
"In August at 11pm it will be about 23 degrees.
"They want to create something very, very special. Last time they built a stadium for the Andy Ruiz Jr fight in just seven weeks and it held 18,000.
"This will be a similar set-up.
The conclusion of the Olympics on August 7 means Joshua's trainer Rob McCracken, who also coaches Team GB's boxing team, will avoid a conflict of interests.
The religious celebration of Eid in Saudi Arabia is the only reason that Fury's team have not yet received full financial documents from the hosts, says Hearn.
Joshua's IBF, WBA and WBO belts and Fury's WBC title will all be at stake to decide the division's No 1.
Joshua aimed a pointed remark via social media towards Fury this week urging the fight to be finalised.
Fury replied: "Are you ready for a war? Working hard to give the fans a big KO!"
"AJ will go to war with Fury. He has plans to absolutely demolish him. That's what I believe he will do."
"In the meantime we will go through the build-up, which will be a lot of fun, before the biggest event of 2021."
Arum announced today, per influential journalist Michael Benson, that the first of the two fights will be held in Saudi Arabia, with the Middle East country providing the most attractive package for the bout. Anthony Joshua has experience of fighting in Saudi Arabia, with his 'Battle of the Dunes' rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr. proving to be an overwhelming success. It is no surprise then that, having proven themselves with that event, the team in Saudi Arabia have been picked to host what will surely be the biggest fight of the year. According to Arum, the fight will be hosted at an indoor venue in Jeddah, with 20,000 fans expected to be present for the battle. He also revealed that the team in Saudi will have their pick of three dates, those being July 24, July 31 and August 7. Both fighters entered into their respective training camps in the last month and are already ramping up preparations as they look to get into the best possible shape for the biggest fight of their careers. We have been made to wait a long time for what promises
to be one of the biggest boxing spectacles ever but, finally, it looks like we won't have too wait much longer.
Anthony Joshua Vs Tyson Fury: 90,000 Fans Could Be Present At Wembley For Mega Showdown, Eddie Hearn says the bout between the two heavyweight champions could be held at London's renowned Wembley Stadium.
Eddie Hearn has given British boxing fans a glimmer of hope by stating that the bout between champions Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury could be held at London's renowned Wembley Stadium. The heavyweights will collide in a highly-anticipated unification bout, which could reportedly be held in late June or early July. This is also the first time in the division's history that all the four titles — WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO — will be at stake.
The duo has reportedly signed a two-fight contract, with the rematch rumoured to go down in winter 2021. And considering the hype behind the showdown, both parties are hoping to make around £200 million from the first clash, which will be split 50-50. However, the winner of the unification bout will get 60 per cent of the purse for the cold rematch.
The venue for the mammoth showdown is also not confirmed, although there are eight potential locations on offer. During a press conference earlier, Eddie Hearn said Las Vegas, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, China, Russia, Singapore and the UK are currently leading the discussions. However, the Matchroom chief love for the bout to take place in London, considering it's being hailed as the "biggest bout in British boxing history".
Recently, Eddie Hearn sat down with talkSPORT where he said that hopes the UK government will let them fill the Wembley Stadium with the crowd – which is nearly around 90,000 people. According to reports, while the government could greenlight Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury to take place at Wembley, they will not allow Hearn and the team to fill the stadium, considering the country is still dealing with COVID-19.
Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua will be the biggest fight in British boxing history. Two British world heavyweight champions locking horns with everything at stake. The pair are confidently expected to meet in the summer of 2021, following years of rumour and speculation. That is of course assuming the COVID-19 pandemic subsides enough for this mega event to happen. Fury (30-0-1) and Joshua (23-1) announced on June 10, 2020 that they had agreed in principle the financial structure for a two-fight deal. Both of those fights would take place in 2021.
In a landmark move, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have agreed on a two-fight deal to unify the heavyweight titles. The British boxers have been locked in lengthy negotiations in recent months but have now finalised terms for the blockbuster battle, with a date and venue to be confirmed. Joshua will be defending his WBA, IBF and WBO belts against WBC champion Tyson Fury in what promises to be one of the most exciting boxing matchups in recent years.
Anthony Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports that all parties have now put pen to paper and will be working hard over the next few weeks to confirm the site and date for the biggest fight in boxing. With the terms of the deal now set, principals can solicit offers from prospective sites. Tyson Fury recently claimed that he wouldn't be boxing in England, and the Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury fight venue could be somewhere in the Middle East, with Saudi Arabia rumoured to be a potential destination. Hearn told ESPN, "We've already had approaches from eight or nine sites. The offers have come from multiple countries in the Middle East, from Asia, Eastern Europe and America". Other venues rumoured to be involved in discussions are reported to be Singapore, Qatar, China, Dubai, America and the UK.
Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury fight is expected to have fan attendance, which, however, will be in line with the health and safety protocols of the respective host nation. If Suadi Arabia is considered as the host venue, the promoters could ace an issue with Middle Eastern countries are seeking less in attendance than favourable publicity. Saudi Arabia had hosted Joshua's 2019 rematch with Andy Ruiz where Hearn secured a site fee in excess of USD 40 million.
Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury prize money: According to ESPN, the contract calls for a 50-50 split in the first fight and 60-40 in the rematch, with the winner taking the higher share. The plan is for both fights to take place in 2021, the first in June or July and the rematch ideally in November or December. While Joshua is relishing a massive showdown with his training camp already underway, Tyson Fury is on a break enjoying his vacation having 12 pints of lager a day. The final signature for the deal came on Saturday, and a source from Fury's American promoter, Top Rank told ESPN that both parties have 30 days from the signing to find a date and venue, or the deal could go away.