Eddie Hearn confirms potential date for Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua fight

Eddie Hearn has confirmed that he is working on securing an undisputed title fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury in May or June next year – though has hinted it will not be in the UK.

The two Brits hold the four heavyweight belts and earlier this year reached an agreement on a 50/50 purse split to finally face off in 2021.

However, they still have to traverse two fights before then with Fury having walked away from a trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder and instead taking on Agit Kabayel on December 5, while Joshua defends his belts against Kubrat Pulev a week later.

If they both win their respective fights, Joshua and Fury are on course to finally meet in the ring next summer, though AJ’s promoter Hearn feels the fight may need to happen outside the UK.

‘Everyone wants to see Joshua fight Tyson Fury for the undisputed heavyweight title,’ wrote Hearn in a column for The Sunday Times.

‘We are looking at May, June.

‘Where will it be? The main problem is lots of countries have substantial budgets from their governments to bring in major sports events. We don’t.

‘Ultimately, if you sit down with a fighter and say there’s £30 million in England or £60 million in the Middle East, it’s a very short conversation.’

Plans for the unification fight could be delayed due to Fury’s ongoing dispute with Wilder over a trilogy fight, though Hearn insists Joshua is only focused on beating Pulev.

‘We try and avoid the mess, and keep discipline and focus on what we’re doing, and the path for AJ has always been clear, with the ups and downs of the Ruiz fight, and getting that rematch over the line,’ Hearn told Sky Sports last week.

‘But we know what we’re doing. December 12, it was announced probably eight weeks before the fight, we’re focused on the victory.

‘That’s their [Fury and Wilder’s] business, it’s a right mess either way, and it’s not going to resolve itself any time soon.

‘Hopefully we can just make sure that if Anthony Joshua can beat Kubrat Pulev on December 12, then the path is clear for AJ against Fury in 2021.’

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