Report Disputes Bob Arum’s Claim That Joshua-Fury Is ‘Dead In The Water’

A report has taken Bob Arum’s claims to task.

Arum is the head honcho over at Top Rank Boxing. He’s been working with Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn in an effort to make a heavyweight title unification bout between champions Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury become a reality.

Arum told The Telegraph that despite Hearn’s claim that the bout is on pace for the summer, this isn’t the case.

“It will take months for the Saudis to do their due diligence on such a huge deal. It is not just a site fee, there are ancillary demands from the Saudis stretching into the broadcast deals and other things, it could take months for it all to play out. It could even take until 2022 the way it looks right now.

“The fight in July or August is dead in the water as far as we are concerned. The two fighters need to go and have other fights this summer while the negotiations for that fight in the Middle East conclude.

“It is absurd what Hearn is saying that it is a done deal. If we had just done a site deal without all the other complications that have arisen, we would have a fight by now. Tyson Fury is fuming about it and is refusing to keep waiting.”

Mike Coppinger of The Athletic followed up on Arum’s comments with a report claiming that a deal for a site fee is expected to be finalized this weekend.

“Sources: Despite Bob Arum’s claims that Tyson Fury-Anthony Joshua is in serious jeopardy, a site deal worth more than $150 million is expected to be completed this weekend that will land the undisputed heavyweight championship tilt in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in early August”

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