Eddie Hearn, promoter for IBF, WBO, IBO, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, is still confident that a deal will get finalized for the full division unification with WBC champion Tyson Fury.
According to Hearn, there are numerous offers from several locations to stage the fight.
Fury and Joshua have both signed their respective portions of the fight agreement.
But, to date, no venue and fight date has been finalized.
The agreement calls for two fights – with the first meeting targeted for dates in July.
Fury, who has been inactive since February 2020 when he stopped Deontay Wilder to capture the WBC title, is now applying a lot of pressure on both sides to get a deal done – or he intends to fight someone else to stay busy.
“At the end of this week both fighters and the teams will be presented with all the offers and options on the table, which there will be multiple ones,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
“We’re in a good place. I saw John Fury’s comments. It’s almost like they don’t really want the fight. I’d like them to talk it up, rather than talk it down. We’re quite aware that there has been a global pandemic. We’re quite aware that it’s not easy, but we’re out there grafting away every day to get this done. A little bit of support would be nice, John and Tyson, thank you very much.
“Like I said, there will be around three or four offers presented to both camps this weekend and then it’s over to them and the teams to discuss which one we want to take. The dates of those fights.”
The plans remains the same, says Hearn, with both contests taking place in 2021.
“Two fights this year. It is a summer fight. That’s everything we’re working towards and as confident as ever that this gets done. I know that there are some negative people out there and people that believe we can’t pull it off, but we spend a lifetime pulling things off, and I believe we will get this done, and I believe you will see this fight in the summer,” Hearn said.
“The next step is to basically get everybody to agree to the venue and the date, and they’re going to have multiple options to choose from. There’s no other fight for Tyson Fury. There’s no other fight for Anthony Joshua. This is the fight. Everyone accepts that.”