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Fury vs Joshua: Bob Arum hoping to finalize fight in coming weeks

The Top Rank promoter says negotiations for the fight have been going smoothly.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

There seems to be some real hope out there for those interested in seeing an undisputed heavyweight title unification between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. Top Rank promoter Bob Arum tells Sky Sports that talks so stage the bout are progressing well as he hopes to have a signed contract for the fight within the next couple of weeks. The contract would wouldn’t specify a location for the bout as they continue to work that out, but would include a mutual agreement clause on the site.

“I don’t want to make a deadline, but I just can report that everything so far has been going splendidly, and we hope to have a signed document within the next couple of weeks. We’re all on the same page, as far as I can see. I’m 95 percent confident the fight happens, and I’m 100 percent confident that my guy wins, and wins by knockout.”

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn would also echo Arum’s sentiment of their progress and mentions that they’re still fielding offers from multiple countries who would like to host the heavyweight showdown.

Hearn would also say that he doesn’t see anything derailing Fury-Joshua from happening at this point, but of course Oleksandr Usyk and Deontay Wilder are still eager to get their shots at the heavyweight hardware, which potentially could throw a monkey wrench in things. For now, though, fingers crossed.

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