Promoter Eddie Hearn has described discussions surrounding the broadcasting situation for a potential heavyweight showdown between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua as going ‘extremely positive’ as the big all-British affair grows ever closer.
Hearn sat down for an exclusive interview with Matchroom Boxing’s YouTube channel to discuss a multitude of issues including Fury-Joshua, as well as this weekend’s upcoming clash between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin and next month’s catchweight bout between Chris Eubank Jr and Conor Benn.
“I met with George Warren on Friday, we weren’t happy with all the terms. We tried to negotiate those terms but were told there is no negotiation, take it or leave it. We expect a contract in the next couple of days and hopefully we can move forward with the fight“.
“It’s in everybody’s interest for the fight to take place” was Hearn’s response when questioned on who will broadcast the fight in the UK. “Those conversations are already rolling [between DAZN and BT Sport, both of whom hold deals with Joshua and Fury respectively]. I don’t see any reason why an amicable solution can’t be found for that. The broadcasters could stop this fight but I don’t think they want to. I don’t think anyone would wanna be the reason the British public didn’t get this fight“.
Having always been a vocal supporter of the former two-time heavyweight world champion Joshua, Hearn again backed his man and highlighted the thirty-two-year-old’s resume to date. “People need to realise AJ has never backed down from a fight. He signed for this fight before and he’s accepted the fight again now. If they really want the fight, the fight will get made. He’s all in“.