Heavyweight battle: Saudi Arabia to host Fury-Joshua fight in August

British heavyweight boxers Tyson Fury (left) and Anthony Joshua. (AFP)
British heavyweight boxers Tyson Fury (left) and Anthony Joshua. (AFP)

London - Joshua won back his belts from Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia in December 2019

By Reuters

Published: Tue 11 May 2021, 4:21 PM

Last updated: Tue 11 May 2021, 4:35 PM

Saudi Arabia will host the world heavyweight boxing title unification fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua in August, promoter Eddie Hearn said on Tuesday.

Joshua holds the IBF, WBO, WBA and IBO titles while fellow Briton Fury is the WBC belt holder.

“August the seventh, August the 14th. I think it’s a very bad secret that the fight is happening in Saudi Arabia,” Hearn told Sky Sports television.

“It’s the same people we did the deal with for Andy Ruiz, that event was spectacular. As partners they were fantastic as well,” he added.

Joshua won back his belts from Mexican-American Andy Ruiz Jr in Diriyah, on the outskirts of the Saudi capital Riyadh, in December 2019.

“We’re very comfortable. Anthony’s comfortable, he knows those people. They delivered on every one of their promises last time, we’re ready to go,” said Hearn.

He said it made more sense to go for the 14th in terms of the global spectacle, with the Tokyo Olympics finishing on Aug. 8, but hoped to nail down the date and venue in the next few days.

Fury and Joshua signed a two-fight deal in March to unify the title.

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