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Fury vs Joshua: Eddie Hearn denies Arum’s “dead in the water” talk, says fight will still be next for both

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The Matchroom promoter is still confident the fight is getting done for this summer.

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Despite Bob Arum saying he thinks the fight coming in the summer is “dead in the water” as an idea, Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn says he’s still banking on Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua being next for both men.

Speaking live from the Chisora-Parker show in Manchester (live coverage here!), Hearn noted that the contracts have to go through several legal teams, including Matchroom’s lawyers for Joshua, and on the Fury side, lawyers in the UK for Queensberry Promotions and US for Top Rank.

“You’re asking me how long, I don’t know,” Hearn said. “By tomorrow evening, everyone’s comments will be back on the long-form agreement. The problem is with a fight this big, it does become a little bit of a soap opera seeing if it’s gonna happen.

“I remember with Mayweather-Pacquiao, it went on and on and on and on.T hat fight happened when those guys weren’t in their prime. Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua are in the absolute prime of their career. You will get this fight next, and you will get it for the undisputed world heavyweight championship.

“When it happens, I cannot wait. I can’t wait for the announcement, so you guys will leave me alone. But two, I cannot wait for Anthony Joshua to take him out and become undisputed world heavyweight champion. We will not stop until that fight is made.”