June or July – Eddie Hearn is very particular about the fight happening in summer!
With a two-fight title unification deal already signed by Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury’s teams, only the venue and the date are yet to be decided for the heavyweight clash. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has made things difficult for hosting high-voltage clashes like these, and a fight especially like this wouldn’t be fair if the crowds don’t get to witness it in the stadium.
Speaking about this in an interview with SkySports, Matchroom Boxing CEO and Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn revealed that they have been considering Saudi Arabia (which hosted Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr. 2 – Clash on the Dunes), as a possible venue. Since the UEFA Euro 2021 is just a few months away, The Wembley Stadium is also a possible location, Hearn revealed.
‘We want two fights this year and the first one will be in the summer‘ – Eddie Hearn
Hearn however seemed determined to make the fight happen in June or July. He said, “Obviously there is two versions of it, so June, July in the Middle East is very warm. Most people would prefer it to be a little bit later, but that’s not what’s on the table. We want two fights this year and the first one will be in the summer.” [via SkySports]
Talking about Wembley as a possible venue, Hearn said, “There has been some conversations about as we see the Euros potentially going into Wembley in June, July. Can we be a part of that at the back end of it? Could we get 100,000 at Wembley? [via SkySports]
He concluded, “We would need to, to even have that conversation. There’s a few conversations going on behind the scenes, with regards to that, but certainly financially all the big offers have come in from the Middle East, the Far East and other countries, so next week is all about going to have those meetings. The next three weeks really is the timeframe where we want to make sure it’s signed and announced.” [via SkySports]
My inspiration is my determination 💯 pic.twitter.com/9UlheLw9Dh— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyjoshua) March 23, 2021
Anthony Joshua is coming off a marauding performance against Kubrat Pulev, as recently as December 2020, whereas Tyson Fury hasn’t fought since his famous victory against Deontay Wilder in February 2020.