Eddie Hearn On Joshua vs. Fury Negotiations: ‘We’ve Been Drafting Contracts’
Eddie Hearn has given an update on contract negotiations between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury.
Fight fans have been clamoring to see a showdown between the heavyweight division’s top champions. Joshua holds the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Titles. Fury is the WBC Champion. “AJ” and “The Gypsy King” have agreed in principle to a showdown and both sides insist that they are ready to roll.
Hearn spoke to iFL TV and discussed where the negotiations stand between Joshua and Fury (h/t BoxingScene.com).
“We’ve been drafting contracts, it’s not signed but the deal has been agreed for a long time, we’ve confirmed that in writing. I feel like the fight is virtually there, to be honest with you. We’re in the final stages of everything that’s got to be worked out. There have been meetings taking place on where this fight is going to be held. There’s various countries. I’ve visited a few of them in the last few weeks and days and I think we’re in a good position. There’s some wacky stuff. There’s some stuff you’d expect and again, I know everyone wants it in the UK but at the moment they aren’t even allowing boxing so we’ve got a long way to go.”
There has been a concern over whether or not mandatory WBO challenger Oleksandr Usyk will step aside to allow for the megafight between Joshua and Fury. If not, then Joshua would have to decide whether or not he wants to fight Usyk first, or go into the Fury bout without the chance to become the undisputed heavyweight champion.