Eddie Hearn, promoter for IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, says site deal has been approved by both sides in the unification clash with WBC champion Tyson Fury.
Earlier this month, both Joshua and Fury agreed to their respective portions of a two-fight agreement.
But, the two sides were having issues finalizing a date and location for the first contest.
A few days ago, Hearn presented both sides with “multiple” site offers.
Hearn has not revealed which site was approved by the two teams – but it’s long been discussed that Saudi Arabia was the frontrunner to host the first encounter.
The promoters are now finalizing all of the location particulars and the date.
“Both sides have approved the site offer that they want to go with, and now we’re just finalizing the site deal and we’re in a great place. I saw Tyson yesterday. I just messaged him and said, ‘I’m in Vegas, I’m in your hotel if you fancy a cuppa,'” Hearn told Behind The Gloves.
“We just had five or 10 minutes together and it was good, because I don’t represent Tyson Fury, so I don’t know what is in his mind. What he basically cemented in my mind was, this is the only fight he wants, and I know that’s the same with AJ. It just good to say, right we’ve got the offer, we all approve. We’re moving forward now. We’re good. It has been agreed by both sides, the option that we will take, and you’ll get the date very soon and the official announcement.
“One hundred percent [we want the fight to happen in the summer]. That’s the thing. Everybody wants this fight as soon as possible. There is no option for this fight to go at the back end of the year, and I’ve made that clear. The hardest thing about securing the site is in this world we live in today, most people would like to kick it to November, December. That’s not available. It was never available.
“What was available was a summer fight for the undisputed world heavyweight championship. That is what you’re going to get. Both guys want two fights this year. One will be in the summer and one will be in December.”