Eddie Hearn has told Matchroom Boxing‘s YouTube channel that, as far as they’re concerned, a fight between WBC champion Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua is now ‘off the table’. The negotiation process looks to have slowed in recent weeks as fingers began to be pointed as to why momentum had been halted.
“Rival promoter blames the other promoter for a fight not happening, shock horror,” said Hearn in response to Bob Arum‘s claims he’s been stalling negotiations to prevent a potential fight taking place. “People talk about putting up barriers, we sent our final draft contract back to sign, not we’re not getting back to anyone. Talks about arbitration, they [Team Fury] want to appoint their partner as an arbitrator, that sort of stuff doesn’t work.
“It’s impossible [to sign by Fury’s deadline of Wednesday last week]. That deadline passed, I’ve not heard back from George Warren since Wednesday. As far as we’re concerned, the fight’s off. We’re happy to continue the discussions, [we have] no bad words to say about George Warren. At the end of the day you’ve got a guy pulling in headlines telling us the fight’s off. On Friday Dereck Chisora received a contract for the Tyson Fury fight, so have other fighters, so in our mind he’s not fighting Anthony Joshua. We’re more than happy to continue those negotiations but what we’re being told is that the deadline has passed.”
Hearn confirmed that Joshua is in the gym training for a fight before the end of the year, with the likely date being December 17th if the Fury fight doesn’t happen which is looking the most likely outcome at the current moment in time.