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Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua: Saudi Arabia set as hosts with August date and venue to be confirmed

The highly anticipated heavyweight title unification fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua will take place in Saudi Arabia in August, promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed.

The two British boxing stars have been in talks since March over a super-fight. Joshua holds the IBF, WBO, WBA and IBO titles while Fury is the WBC belt holder.

Hearn last month announced an agreement was “done” before Fury refuted those claims. The proposed August 7 date may be pushed back a week to avoid a clash with the final weekend of the Olympics on the last day of track athletics as well as the boxing finals in Tokyo 2020.

“August the seventh, August the 14th. I think it’s a very bad secret that the fight is happening in Saudi Arabia,” Hearn told Sky Sports.

“It’s the same people we did the deal with for Andy Ruiz, that event was spectacular. As partners, they were fantastic as well.”

Joshua won back his belts from Mexican-American Andy Ruiz Jr in Diriyah, on the outskirts of the Saudi capital Riyadh, in December 2019.

“We’re very comfortable. Anthony’s comfortable, he knows those people. They delivered on every one of their promises last time, we’re ready to go,” said Hearn.

“You’ve got the Olympics finishing on August 7 so, in terms of a global spectacle, it would make sense to go on 14th, so that’s one of the other things to tick off, hopefully, in the next few days.”

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