Eddie Hearn, the promoter of the Heavyweight World Champion, Anthony Joshua, said that his client’s contract to fight WBC Champion Tyson Fury in this year’s undisputed Heavyweight World Champion Challenge is all but over.
Hearn clarified that Joshua and Fury will face each other in two fights, the first planned in the Middle East in 2021, and he hoped to get the rematch back to the United Kingdom.
Joshua beat the Bulgarian fighter, Kubrat Pulev, to retain his IBF, WBO and WBA titles last December, though Fury reportedly holds the WBC belt.
“The deal is done, really— without being signed,” Hearn told the Times.
“The financial elements of the deal are done. We are talking through the broadcast situation, the only thing really now is to paper it.
“And when you papered a deal like that, it does go back and forwards fifteen times before every single letter is approved on the document.”
Hearn added, “The Middle East will be aggressive and will be front-runners in this. To stage this fight, you need significant government support. You need someone who is staging this fight as a statement for their country.
“I would like it [the rematch] to be [in the United Kingdom]. Where? Millennium Stadium.”