According to English promoter Eddie Hearn, the Anthony Joshua-Tyson Fury World Heavyweight Unification Championship will take place in Saudi Arabia on July 24 or one of the following two weekends, while the Olympic Games start on July 23.
According to English promoter Eddie Hearn, the World Heavyweight Championship between Englishman Anthony Joshua, WBA-WBO-IBF holder, and Tyson Fury, WBC holder, will take place in Saudi Arabia on Saturday 24 July or on one of the two following weekends.
Joshua's coach, Englishman Robert McCracken, who also looks after the British Olympic boxing team and will be in Tokyo, will be faced with a huge dilemma. "An undisputed World Heavyweight Championship will be a bigger event than the Games."
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The announcement comes after Fury said 12 days ago that he had stopped training for the fight and was drinking "up to 12 pints (about 6 litres) of beer a day", adding the next day that, even with 14 pints in his blood, he would still be able to "get a beating". "You never know with Tyson. Maybe he was intoxicated. Maybe he was in a bad mood. Maybe he was angry. Or maybe he was joking," Hearn said. In December Joshua easily beat 39-year-old Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in London by a ninth-round knockout. "It's not about the opponent. What matters is the legacy (I will leave) and the belts. I'm not going to be the only one to win the title, I'm not going to be the only one to win the title, I'm not going to be the only one to win the title, I'm not going to be the only one to win the title.
"While there are still a few details to be worked out in the contract between the two champions, the date and venue will be officially announced within a few days," Hearn said.
"An undisputed World Heavyweight Championship will be a bigger event than the Games. We have no choice about the date. We would be competing with any event. And, because of the time difference, it will be at night in Tokyo. Someone is paying a lot of money, so we have to do as they say."
The English promoter is referring to the Saudi Arabian organisers who will be funding the fight and have imposed this summer period. Hearn added that the World Championship will take place in a hall with 20,000 spectators.
Joshua has already fought in Saudi Arabia, Diriyah, on December 7, 2019, when he took his revenge on the Mexican-American Andy Ruiz Jr.