The battle of the Brits is inching ever closer.
Years of rumors, speculation and trash talk between England’s two biggest fighters — literally and figuratively — is nearing an end, with heavyweight champs Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury set to square off in Saudi Arabia this August.
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn revealed to Sky Sports that the date is still being finalized, but will likely land on either Saturday, Aug. 7 or the following week, Saturday, Aug. 14.
“Aug. 7, Aug. 14, I think it’s a very bad secret that the fight is happening in Saudi Arabia,” Hearn told Sky Sports (via ESPN). “It’s the same people we did the deal with for Andy Ruiz; that event was spectacular. As partners they were fantastic as well.”
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Should the fight happen in Saudi Arabia, it will be the second time that Joshua will have fought in the country, his last fight a KO victory over Andy Ruiz to reclaim the WBF, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight titles.
Joshua originally lost the belts in a TKO loss to Ruiz in his much-anticipated U.S. debut in 2019 at a bout in Madison Square Garden.
Fury, Joshua’s prospective opponent, currently holds the WBC heavyweight title, the only major belt that Joshua has yet to capture in the heavyweight division. Fury won the vacant WBC championship vs. Deontay Wilder in February 2020.
Fury’s win over Wilder in early 2020 was the last time he stepped in a ring.
Joshua vs. Wilder was originally pegged as the heavyweight fight to make, but the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement on a unification bout. Fury returned to the ring in 2018 after three years away, eventually defeating Wilder for the green belt.
Now, it seems as though the time for talk is nearly, nearly over.