Eddie Hearn reveals realistic date for AJ vs Fury

Eddie Hearn has revealed that the blockbuster fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury could finally take place in February.

The bout between the top two British heavyweights was due to happen this summer.

However, it collapsed after Fury was ordered to face Deontay Wilder in a trilogy bout instead after the American won a mediation case.

That bout was originally set for July 24, but was delayed after Fury tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month.

Joshua, meanwhile, will fight Oleksandr Usyk in a mandatory defence of his WBO title in October.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Hearn explained that Joshua v Fury could take place in December, but that a February date is “more realistic”.

He said: “We wanted to do it in December.

“But I think with AJ fighting September 25, Fury now delayed until October, I think February is more realistic.

“They had a huge offer from Saudi Arabia to do the fight there.

“Ultimately in the fight game, which is extremely dangerous and these guys are putting themselves on the line, it is about generating as much money for the fight as possible.

“With fans back in the UK is that an option? Las Vegas? We’ll see.”

Joshua comments on potential Fury fight

Joshua told The Overlap with Gary Neville recently that he would “smoke that guy” in response to a question about fighting Fury.

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He also added that he would be open to facing the ‘Gypsy King’ without any title obligations involved.

He said: “He’s [Fury] a fighter isn’t he. What’s the worst that can happen? You get hit.

“He’s been doing it for years. However, I just know on my end, and my management team and my promoter – we done everything we can to make this happen and as long as I’m champion, I’ll compete with anyone.

“I’ve got a tough challenger [Usyk] coming up now. A great fighter.

“[Fighting] Without the belts? I rate that. That’s what I’m talking about. We’ll fight, 100 per cent, let’s do it.

“I’ll smoke that guy. I will. It’s annoying.”

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