Despite the doubts expressed by team Fury in recent days – notably Tyson himself and his father John – Hearn says there are 3 or 4 offers to review as the clock ticks down to the weekend deadline to finalise a venue. Contracts for a two-fight deal were signed in mid-March.
Multiple offers on table
The Matchroom supremo told Sky Sports News: “At the end of this week both fighters and the teams will be presented with all the offers and the options on the table, of which there will be multiple ones.
“We’re in a good place. I saw John Fury’s comments – it’s almost like they don’t really want the fight. I’d like ’em to talk it up rather than talk it down.
Eddie Hearn says Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury will receive ‘multiple offers’ this week as they look to agree a venue and date for their undisputed world heavyweight title fight. pic.twitter.com/GZl7sKSFyL
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“Yeah we know, we’re quite aware that there has been a global pandemic, we’re quite aware that it’s not been easy. But we’re out there grafting away every day to get this done. So a little bit of support would be nice, John and Tyson, thank you very much.
“But like I said, there’ll be around 3 or 4 offers presented to both camps this weekend, and then it’s over to them and the teams to discuss which one we wanna take.”
Hearn: Still a summer fight
On timings, Hearn re-iterated that the plan remains for Fury vs Joshua to happen twice this year – once in the summer with a rematch before 2021 ends.
He explained: “The dates of those fights. Same thing applies. Two fights this year – it is a summer fight, that’s everything we’re working towards. And, as confident as ever that this gets done.
“I know that there are some negative people out there and people that don’t believe we can pull it off, but we spend a lifetime pulling things off. And I believe we will get this done and I believe you will see this fight in the summer.
“There’s no other fight for Tyson Fury, there’s no other fight for Anthony Joshua, this is the fight. Everyone accepts that. Little positivity, little smile on the face, little spring in the step. We’re out hustling – let’s get it done!”
The Middle East remains hot favourite to stage the first Fury vs Joshua bout with COVID-19 restrictions badly hampering sporting events in the UK. Saudi Arabia staged Joshua’s rematch win over Andy Ruiz Jr back in December 2019.