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Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury’s Marbella meeting talks were ‘awkward’ and was NOT staged, insists Eddie Hearn

EDDIE HEARN has dismissed rumours that Anthony Joshua bumping into Tyson Fury in Marbella was staged.

The two heavyweight giants, who are set to fight each other twice next year, crossed paths while both on holiday in Spain earlier this month.

Joshua was walking along the road when the WBC champion pulled up alongside him in his Range Rover.

The pair urged each other to get past their mandatory challengers to ensure the historic Battle of Britain takes place.

Speaking about their brief meeting, Hearn told Sky Sports: “It was probably awkward.

“Although people thought it was staged, it definitely wasn’t.

“‘Make sure you beat Deontay Wilder, make sure you beat Kubrat Pulev, see you next year’.

“The two respect each other.

“It will be a great build-up, backwards and forwards, two very different characters.

“It’s the biggest fight in world boxing. Both guys are fully on board but need to get the job done in December.

“AJ’s fight date is looking like early December.”

WBA, IBF and WBO champion Joshua has to get past Kubrat Pulev, 39, before he faces Fury.

And the WBC champion Fury is preparing for his third and final test against Deontay Wilder.

Should the pair both be victorious, their historic double header will go ahead next year.

Joshua added fuel to the fire this month as he insisted he does not respect Fury’s unbeaten record.

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