Joshua and Fury, who between them own all four heavyweight titles, were set for the first of two blockbuster fights on August 14 before a US judge this week ordered that Fury must fight American challenger Deontay Wilder before September 15.
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The pair will contest all four world heavyweight titles for the first time in the sport’s history when they meet on August 14 in Saudi Arabia.
Fury took to social media on Sunday evening to declare that the heavyweight unification bout with his British rival will take place on August 14 in Saudi Arabia.
The pair will contest all four world heavyweight titles for the first time in the sport’s history.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn said on Tuesday that the fight, which had been considered across three continents, would take place in Saudi Arabia on either August 7 or August 14.
Options had been considered across three continents, but Hearn has now verified the open secret that the mega-rich desert state has landed the bout, with a date of either August 7 or 14.
The unified world heavyweight champion is on the brink of announcing an undisputed fight against compatriot Fury, who holds the only other world title in the division.
Unlike promoter Bob Arum, who stated that the fight was “dead in the water,” The Gypsy King is trying to put a lid on his frustrations.
Ruiz had not fought since losing to Anthony Joshua in December of 2019. The Mexican-American returned after 17 months, and dropping 55 pounds, against unheralded American opponent Arreola, 40, and registered a hard-fought win. The judges’ scorecards read 117-110, 118-109 and 118-109.
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, said on Thursday he was “100 per cent confident” it would happen amid concerns over delays in finalising the Saudi Arabia super fight.
IBF, WBA and WBO champion Joshua and WBC titleholder Fury are now “on the verge” of a one-fight deal to decide the undisputed heavyweight championship in “the biggest fight in British boxing history,” Hearn said.
The British pair, who share all the world heavyweight titles available, have agreed a two-fight deal that will result in all belts belonging to one man for the first time since Lennox Lewis in 1999.
The two British heavyweights will fight to be crowned undisputed heavyweight champion of the world this year, but while contracts are signed, exact details are yet to be confirmed.
Fury and Joshua agreed personal terms for their long-awaited battle last month, with only the site deal left to finalise before it is fully wrapped up.
Fury is set to take on fellow Brit AJ in a battle for the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world this summer.
WBA, IBF and WBO champion AJ’s undisputed showdown with WBC king Fury is set to be announced in the coming week after it was revealed it would take place in Saudi Arabia this summer.
Talks have been continuing in recent weeks over a date and venue for the huge fight, and Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn revealed that both sides had agreed on a site offer for the bout.
The Gypsy King has repeatedly vented his frustration about the delay in negotiations over the all-British unification fight that would bring all five of the heavyweight belts together.
Ngannou knocked out Stipe Miocic to claim the crown last month and quickly reiterated his desire to box.
It is known that the pair have signed contracts to meet, but a site deal still must be completed to determine the date/venue before the fight is finalised.