The much anticipated all-British clash between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury may still see the light of the day following assurances from the promoters of the two British heavyweight boxers.
The promoters Eddie Hearn (Joshua) and Frank Warren (Fury) assured the bout will happen despite being already called -off by Tyson Fury on Monday evening over his proposed opponent’s refusal to fight.
Fury had set a Monday 5 pm deadline for Joshua and his team to agree on terms on the Dec 3 fight.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn had described the deadline as ridiculous but, when it passed, Fury called the fight off on his social media in a video calling Joshua names.
But talks are ongoing between Hearn and Fury’s promoter Frank Warren behind the scenes as well as the pair’s legal teams in the hope of getting an official contract signed with the terms having already been agreed.
Warren said, “We’re not that far away from Dec 3. We’ve got to get it up on sale. The venue’s booked but there’s a lot of organization involved.
“We’re working very hard to get it over the line. Tyson has told me what he wants. They’ve had the contract for 10 days and he’s lost patience with it. We’re trying to make it work. We’re waiting for the contract to come back.”
Warren and Hearn have rarely seen eye-to-eye as rival promoters but Hearn said on Twitter, “I agree with Frank”, referring to Warren’s comments about the ongoing talks between the two rival camps.
According to Hearn, the promoters and broadcasters are working hard to finalize Joshua and Fury’s fight and fielded several ‘positive’ phone calls on Monday.
Hearn reiterates that there has been no talk of deadline between both parties insinuating that Fury acted on his own.