Eddie Hearn says both Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury would prefer their undisputed heavyweight title fight to take place in the UK

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After months of hope and years of dreaming, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have finally signed contracts to fight each other.

And when they do meet, it will be to crown an undisputed world heavyweight champion.

Fury and Joshua’s date with destiny is on the horizon

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Fury and Joshua’s date with destiny is on the horizon

The fact that it’s two Brits competing for the historic mantle is special, but if the fight can actually take place in the UK that would be monumental in its own right.

Fury said last week that he won’t fight in the UK again.

More than likely that would mean continuing his spree in America, but if there was a fight to lure him back it would certainly be this one.

Joshua has only fought in America once and that was his sole defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr, but he did rectify that loss in Saudi Arabia six months later. Otherwise, his whole career has been in the UK.

While we seem to be over the worst of the pandemic and heading towards the light at the end of the tunnel – touch wood – it’s still difficult to imagine the first part of the two-fight agreement for 2021 taking place in the UK this summer.

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When talking to SiriusXM Boxing, Matchroom Promoter Eddie Hearn said both fighters would prefer the bout to be on home shores, but Joshua doesn’t care where it happens.

“He just wants to get his hands on Tyson Fury, to be honest with you,” he said.

“He’s been training since the [Kubrat] Pulev fight with one man on his mind. He just wants to get in the ring with him and take his belts from him. He’d do it anywhere, honestly.

“Of course, both fighters would prefer for this fight to take place in the UK in June/July/ We’ve been told by the government here that June 21, life returns back to normal. But to hedge your bets on 100,000 in Wembley at the end of June/early July, that’s a ballsy move.

“He’s relaxed. He just wants to fight, he wants it so bad.”

Eddie Hearn promotes Joshua

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Eddie Hearn promotes Joshua

If a venue is not decided on in the next 30 days, the contracts that have been agreed thus far will be void.

So the pressure is on for Hearn and co to find a date and venue as quickly as possible.

It’s likely that the Middle East and perhaps the US. will be frontrunners.

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