The fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury will be announced ‘tonight,’ with an August date set.
Today’s super-middleweight title unification showdown between Billy Joe Saunders and Canelo Alvarez will include Tyson Fury in attendance.
On Saturday night in Texas, Billy Joe Saunders and Canelo Alvarez will take center stage, but the main event between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury will be revealed immediately after the super-middleweight match. Spencer Oliver, Britain’s former European bantamweight champion, believes it would be the ideal location to make an announcement.
Contracts for a rumored two-fight deal between Fury and Joshua have been inked for nearly two months.
Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren had been negotiating for several months before agreeing to a contract.
In recent weeks, Hearn has been fairly vociferous, hyping up an impending announcement.
Originally, Hearn expressed his desire for the fight to take place in July, with Saudi Arabia being considered as the most likely venue.
However, Fury’s co-US promoter Bob Arum warned last week that a summer fight with Joshua is “dead in the water.”
The competing promoters’ back-and-forth contradictory messaging have caused some misunderstanding as to when or if the fight will take place.
Hearn is in Texas for Saunders’ unification fight against Mexican Canelo, who will be joined by Fury.
Fury and Hearn even had a sit-down interview in which the former detailed his strategy for knocking out Joshua.
Both will be ringside this evening, and Oliver fully expects Hearn to announce a date for Fury’s battle with Joshua shortly thereafter.
“I believe we’ll hear something after the fight tonight… “It’s AJ vs. Tyson Fury,” Oliver said on talkSPORT.
“I believe Eddie will make the announcement tonight, and I believe it will be in mid-August… The date I’ve been hearing is August 14.
“I believe that news will be made tonight. The deal has been signed in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; the only thing we don’t know is the date.
“Because time is passing away, and Eddie has been extremely vocal about it this week, I need to make an announcement by Saturday.
“It would be the ideal stage for such a fight to be announced.”
According to reports, the potential Saudi site is willing to pay the $150 million cost to host the blockbuster event.
Since defeating Deontay Wilder in February 2020, Fury hasn’t fought. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”