Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn says Top Rank Boxing’s Bob Arum tried getting him to stop discussing Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury.
Joshua vs. Fury has been highly-anticipated by fight fans since “The Gypsy King” made his triumphant return to the ring. After stopping Deontay Wilder via seventh-round TKO in their rematch, Fury put himself in prime position to fight Joshua in a bout that would crown an undisputed heavyweight champion.
Hearn has insisted that the deal is almost done but apparently, Arum wishes the media chatter would simmer down. Appearing on the Betfred Boxing Show, Hearn claimed that Arum attempted to convince him to stop talking about the fight (via BoxingScene.com).
“Bob Arum phoned me two nights ago and said look ‘I think you should stop talking about Fury-Joshua.’ I said ‘Why?’ and he said ‘Well if you do then I’m going to have to talk about it,’ I said ‘But I’m getting asked about it 10 times a day, what do you want me to say?’”
Hearn went on to say that working with Top Rank has appeared to be effortless and he expects minor details to be ironed out quickly.
“The truth is we’ve sent a contract to Bob Arum and Top Rank, they have come back with their points which are quite minimal and we are working through them.
“I mean, I keep saying ‘two weeks’ so I’ll stay safe and say two weeks, but our plan is to get this fight announced, to let the public know that both guys have signed for this fight, and then we will go out and talk to the relevant sites and countries where we have had approaches for, [before we confirm] the official site and the date. So that will be the process and hopefully you will get that first announced, done and dusted, in the next two weeks.”