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Eddie Hearn has promised an announcement ‘next week’ regarding Anthony Joshua’s proposed heavyweight unification bout with Tyson Fury. While Bob Arum, Fury’s US promoter, said that the unification bout was ‘dead in the water’ and that the WBC champion would pursue other opponents, namely arch-rival Deontay Wilder.
Hearn told Sky Sports Box Office: “You heard from Frank Warren last night (Friday), who said quite rightly, we received the contract from the Middle East. All sides’ lawyers have got to go through that and make sure they’re happy with it.
“But we’re all systems go. This fight is on, this fight is happening. As I told everyone last week, back and forwards with the drafts. I believe you’ll get an announcement next week. I don’t know what else to tell you.
“I saw Bob Arum’s comments, “The fight is dead”. I don’t know where that came from. We know what we’re doing and that’s now been acknowledged by the other side, which is nice.”
Hearn added that he expected negotiations to move to the next stage on Sunday night, before declaring: “Right now, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua are in the absolute prime of their career.
“You will get this fight next, and you will get it for the undisputed world championship. We cannot move any quicker.”