Eddie Hearn adamant Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury will happen as he fires back at Bob Arum, ‘Be quiet and wait for the contract’

Eddie Hearn has told talkSPORT unequivocally that Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury IS going to happen, despite the latest comments from Fury’s camp.

The ‘Gypsy King’s’ US co-promoter Bob Arum has expressed serious doubts over the Saudi Arabia site deal which Eddie Hearn is trying to finalise for the fight at present.

Hearn promotes Joshua and is working to finalise the Saudi site deal for the Fury fight
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On Wednesday night, Arum gave an interview in which he claimed he no longer believes Joshua vs Fury is going to happen and said Hearn is ‘out of time’.

Hearn has now responded on White and Jordan on talkSPORT: “I’m a bit worried about Bob Arum.

“I last communicated with Bob Arum on Thursday and Friday of last week and he gave an interview last night to say he hasn’t heard from me for two weeks.

“Five days ago he was telling everyone, ‘It’s done, it’s in Saudi Arabia, this is the deal, etc.’

Fury is co-promoted by Arum and Frank Warren, both of whom are sceptical over Hearn’s site deal
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“It’s definitely taking a little bit longer than we anticipated, both guys have accepted the deal that’s come in from the Middle East, we’re papering that deal.

“It’s not as easy as just a 24-hour turnaround of a long-form agreement for a fight of this magnitude.

“Bob Arum said, ‘Eddie Hearn, he’s run out of time.’

“We’re supposed to be partners on this fight. The only one I see doing any work on this fight at all is me. And I won’t stop until we’ve got the fight made.

“So we’re on the verge. We have an agreement, we have a signed contract, we have a site agreement that’s been accepted and now we put it in a long-form agreement and you get an announcement next week.”

Joshua has three major titles, Fury has one, the winner will leave with all four
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Arum also claimed that Fury could soon end up back in negotiations for a third fight with Deontay Wilder.

Hearn continued: “I don’t know whether Bob’s on the wind-up, trying to put the pressure on. He’s 90 years old, so you’ve gotta respect him.

“I messaged him last night with the quote that I saw as if to say, ‘What is this all about?’

“He sort of goes, ‘Well, you know, gotta move quicker.’ I said, ‘No, I’m moving as fast as I can.’

“But it’s all been left to me basically. The whole thing.

Fury and Arum flew to a mediation session this week that could lead to a third Wilder fight
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“Everyone’s just sitting there saying, ‘Eddie’s gotta hurry up, Eddie’s gotta do this.’

“We’re supposed to be co-promoters in this fight.

“I’m the only one that’s been out traipsing around the world to make sure we get this fight happening.

“And I promise you this fight will happen, I’ll make sure this fight happens.”

Following Arum’s remarks, Fury made a renewed call-out of Joshua, branding him a, ‘big useless dosser, not a real fighting man, a hype job, bodybuild, crossfit, big, ugly s***house.’

Hearn responded, starting to rant: “Tyson Fury’s getting right up my nostrils as well.

“He’s a great fighter and he’s a great talker as well.

“I just think when I look at those two together – you’ve got one guy working behind closed doors in Finchley with a dream to become undisputed champion.

“And then you’ve got another bloke who’s swanning around in a suite at the encore in Las Vegas, wearing terrible Versace shirts, screaming on social media all day calling everyone a dosser.

Hearn previously finalised a Saudi deal as AJ’s rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr took place in Diriyah at the end of 2019
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“To be fair, I was with Tyson about ten days ago in Vegas. He wants the fight, we all want the fight, I think everyone’s just getting a bit frustrated that it’s taking probably two or three weeks longer than we expected.

“We are dealing with the same people who delivered the Andy Ruiz fight for us in the Middle East.

“We’ve dealt with them before, they’ve paid the money before, they’re solid people, they’re just professional, they like things to be done properly.

“Bob Arum has not dealt with a site deal the size of this before, leave it to me, hold tight, we’ll get it done.”

Joshua knocked out Kubrat Pulev in his last fight in December

When asked when to expect confirmation of Joshua vs Fury, Hearn concluded: “I think if we’re not done by the end of next week then we do have a problem.

“I believe you’ll get an announcement next week, I do.

“This morning we received another draft back from the site for the final form. This is a major, major commercial deal.

“We’re talking about major legal companies that are across these drafts, it goes back, then it has to go to about three or four different parties from Tyson Fury’s side, then it goes to our side, AJ’s side, then it goes to the site agreement, the government.

Fury has not fought since stopping Wilder 14 months ago
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“It’s not something that’s turned around in a few days. We’re right across it, we can’t do any more.

“I’m a one-man army going out to make this fight.

“Like I said, no help from them, all they do is criticise, sitting in his gaff in Beverley Hills, Bob Arum, moaning.

“Get off your backside and do something about it yourself. No, I’ll tell you what, leave it to Eddie.

“Alright, well if you’re gonna leave it to me, be quiet and wait for the contract to come in. It’s on.

“Everybody’s agreed that this fight is happening and I cannot wait because Tyson Fury is going to get knocked out by Anthony Joshua.”