Eddie Hearn on Deontay Wilder’s arbitration: “A-Team Fury problem. We’re confident that it won’t impact our fight or the announcement”; Tyson Fury is set to face Anthony Joshua in the undisputed world title fight. Boxing fans can book Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury Tickets on our website at exclusively discounted prices.
Tyson Fury’s ongoing arbitration with Deontay Wilder remains ‘a a problem’ but promoters are optimistic that an undisputed world title fight will not be delayed.
Anthony Joshua held a meeting with Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn last week to finalize the remaining terms for a fight against Fury, with all the world heavyweight titles at stake.
But Sky Sports understands that Wilder’s arbitration with Fury is still at the preliminary stages as the American stakes his claim for a third WBC title fight following his stoppage loss last February.
“That’s a problem and a question really for Top Rank, and Bob Arum,” Promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports.
“We’ve been assured by them that are not going to be an issue in making this fight.
“I do believe that Deontay Wilder, he was supposed to be fighting in January. Now we’re in the middle of February, so how much longer is he going to wait? He’s been out of the ring for a year now, and he’s slowly imploding in every single interview that he gives. He should get back in the ring.
“That’s a Fury problem, a Team Fury problem. We’re confident that it won’t impact our fight or the announcement.
“I keep saying two weeks (until an announcement). I’m bored of saying it now. People are bored of probably hearing it, but we are finalizing the finest details of the contract and hope to make an announcement soon.”
Fury’s UK promoter Frank Warren is also hopeful that the Joshua fight will go ahead as planned.
“We don’t believe it will affect the fight,” Warren told Sky Sports.
Wilder’s management and Top Rank, Fury’s US promotional team, did not comment on the ongoing arbitration.
Hearn is confident that he can agree on all the terms relating to Joshua, and then he plans to select the venue, with Saudi Arabia, America, and Singapore among the locations being considered.
“Contracts have been backward and forwards,” Hearn had told Sky Sports last week.
“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 finalize our side of stuff.
“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 finalize the site details.
“I’m going to keep quiet for now, which probably won’t last for too long, but in the meantime working hard to finalize what is the absolute biggest fight in boxing.”
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