Tyson Fury’s showdown with Anthony Joshua will go ahead in Saudi Arabia, the Gypsy King’s promoter Bob Arum has 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.
And Arum, who serves as Fury’s US promoter, has told Boxing Scene that the fight is set to be held over in Saudi Arabia, with the last-remaining paperwork currently being signed.
The Top Rank chief has also confirmed that it will take place on either July 24, July 31 or August 7 – likely in Jeddah.
“We have contracts now that we are marking up and so forth,” Arum said.
“It’s a big step. We’re just doing the paperwork now with the Saudis.”
Arum expects the fight to be formally announced within the next 10 to 14 days.
Fury and Joshua’s bout will crown the first undisputed heavyweight champion in over two decades.
Nevertheless, AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn has refused to rule out the idea of his man heading into it without lead trainer Rob McCracken.
In his role as director of GB Boxing, McCracken is expected to be in Japan for the delayed 2020 Olympic Games from July 23 to August 8 at the very least.
Hearn said: “There are too many people and things to fit around already with the fighters, trainers, countries, time zones, the Olympics.
“Really whatever date we are given by the site is the date that we will go with and AJ will have to plan his camp accordingly with Rob.
“I’ll let them discuss that. I know they have been talking so I’m sure they will work that out.”
When asked if Joshua could face Fury without McCracken, the Matchroom boss said: “I don’t know. It will depend on timings.
“The date we get given is the date when the fight takes place, and I think those guys are aware it’s going to fall around the Olympics.
“It could be inappropriate, but it is what it is. It’s the biggest fight in boxing, the biggest moment of AJ’s career so they’ve got to work it out.
“I know Rob takes his position very seriously, he loves the job and the kids so it’s not ideal but we can’t move it a couple of weeks either side.
“Someone is spending a lot of money so we have to go whenever they say.”