Joshua-Fury fight announcement close - Hearn

By Sports Desk February 11, 2021

Eddie Hearn hopes to finalise details for the "biggest fight in boxing" between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury in a fortnight.

WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Joshua and WBC champion Fury are due to do battle in a blockbuster bout this year.

A date and venue have not been disclosed for the all-British showdown, but Joshua visited his promoter Hearn on Wednesday to discuss terms.

The United States, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are among the countries where the first of two fights between the English duo could be staged.

Hearn is optimistic that all will be revealed in the near future.

The Matchroom Boxing boss told Sky Sports: "I hate saying two weeks, but two weeks [for the details to be confirmed]. 

"We're on the verge now of getting this fight done. We want to make sure the ink is dry, and then we'll go out and finalise the site details.

"I'm going to keep quiet for now, which probably won't last for too long, but in the meantime [I'm] working hard to finalise what is the absolute biggest fight in boxing."

He added: "Contracts have been backwards and forwards. Only minor details to be resolved on both ends. We're in a good place.

"AJ was in the office yesterday with us. We had a good meeting to finalise our side of stuff."

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