The date and venue for the all-British undisputed bout between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury has finally been confirmed.
Patience is crucial at this point for the British stars, who have between them all four major recognised world titles.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn revealed the fight will take place in Saudi Arabia on either August 7 or 14.
Agreement on the highly anticipated showdown have been dragged on for months – with the pair growing weary of the slow-paced nature of negotiations.
However, Hearn has revealed a date for the clash and said it would be held in Saudi Arabia – where Joshua beat Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019.
“August 7/August 14,’ Hearn told Sky Sports when asked about a date for the fight. ‘I think it’s a very bad secret that the fight’s happening in Saudi Arabia.
“I don’t mind giving you that information, Bob Arum’s already done it.
Hearn lauded organisers in the Middle East and backed them to put on a top event after the successful bout between Joshua and Ruiz Jr nearly two years ago, and insists both sides are ‘ready to go’.
“It’s the same people we did the deal with for Andy Ruiz – that event was spectacular.
“As partners they were fantastic as well, so we’re very comfortable.
“Anthony is comfortable, he knows those people, they delivered on every one of their promises last time. We’re ready to go.
“That’s going to be the date. Of course you’ve got the Olympics finishing on August 7th, so in terms of a global spectacle, it would make sense to go on the 14th. That’s one of the things to tick off in the next, hopefully, few days.’