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Joshua versus Fury to take place in Saudi Arabia in August | Eddie Hearn

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn says the much-anticipated heavyweight unification fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury will take place on the 14th of August.

He claimed it's now a "done deal" and the bout will be held in Saudi Arabia at a new purpose built stadium.

"They want to build a new stadium," he told Sky Sports about the plans for the venue in Saudi Arabia. "They have indoors options.

"In August at 11pm it will be about 23 degrees. They want to create something very, very special. Last time they built a stadium for the Andy Ruiz Jr fight in just seven weeks and it held 18,000. This will be a similar set-up

"They have the opportunity to hold it indoors but they want to create something that will shock the world. They want to build a stadium just for this fight."

Joshua's IBF, WBA and WBO titles will all be on the line while lineal world champion Fury is defending the WBC strap.

"It doesn't matter who respects who," Hearn added. "Both sides are desperate to win because this is everything.

"There are no fun and games. It's 'them and us'.

"AJ will go to war with Fury. He has plans to absolutely demolish him. That's what I believe he will do.

 

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