After months and months of speculations, rumors, and social media back and forth, Matchroom MD Eddie Hearn has finally dropped some major update on the venue of the much anticipated Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua title fight, confirming that the bout will head for Saudi Arabia in August this year.
Undoubtedly one of the biggest matchups in the history of the sport, WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will lock horns against WBA, WBO, IBO and IBF titleholder Anthony Joshua, to determine the undisputed king over 200.
However, the finalization of the multi-belt championship fight took weeks and weeks of hypothesizing and theorizing to finally reach legitimate talks. And even after it was confirmed that the fight was indeed going to be a reality, the location and date remained two big questions.
Joshua returning to Saudi to face Fury on 7th or 14th Aug
While Fury and Joshua themselves were engaging in some verbal back and forth, the venue and time were turning to be a test of patience for everyone, to a point when Fury and his father themselves hinted at considering to skip Joshua and move on to other fights.
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The good news is, Eddie Hearn himself has dropped the bombshell on Tuesday, confirming in an interview with Sky Sports that the fight will take place in August in a yet-to-be-decided location in Saudi Arabia.
“August the 7th (or) August the 14th. I think it’s a very bad secret that the fight is happening in Saudi Arabia,” Hearn said in the interview.
Interestingly, it will be the second time Joshua will head for Saudi in his professional boxing career, his first time being back in December 2019 when the Briton defeated Andy Ruiz in the rematch to win back the unified titles.
“It’s the same people we did the deal with for Andy Ruiz. That event was spectacular. As partners, they were fantastic as well,” AJ’s promoter, who previously hinted at Saudi to be the most potential location for the bout, added.
Considering both fighters, Anthony Joshua was last seen in action back in December last year in his title defense against Kubrat Pulev, while Tyson Fury’s last boxing appearance dates all the way back to 2020 February when “The Gypsy King” won the WBC belt in the Deontay Wilder rematch.