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The battle of the British is getting closer and closer.
Years of rumors, speculation and dirty talk among England’s top fighters – literally and figuratively – are coming to an end, with heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury set to face off in Saudi Arabia in August.
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn revealed to Sky Sports that the date is still underway, but it will likely arrive on Saturday, August 7 or the following week, Saturday August 14.
“Aug 7, Aug 14, I think it’s a very bad secret that the fighting is happening in Saudi Arabia,” Hearn told Sky Sports (via ESPN). “They are the same people who made the deal with Andy Ruiz; it was an amazing event. As partners they were amazing too.”
Should the fight take place in Saudi Arabia, it would be the second time Joshua had fought in the country, and his last fight was KO’s victory over Andy Ruiz to regain the WBF, WBO, IBF and IBO Heavyweight titles.
Joshua originally lost the belts in a TKO loss to Ruiz in his much-anticipated 2019 U.S. debut in a match at Madison Square Garden.
Fury, a potential opponent of Joshua, currently holds the WBC heavyweight title, and is the only major belt that Joshua has yet to hold in the heavyweight division. Fury won the vacant WBC Championship against Deontay Wilder in February 2020.
Fury’s victory over Wilder in early 2020 was the last time she entered a ring.
Joshua vs. Wilder originally defined it as the heavyweight fight to be made, but the two sides couldn’t come to terms on the unification match. Fury returned to the ring in 2018 after three years, eventually defeating Wilder on the green belt.
Now, it looks like the talk time is almost over.
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