By Mukwuzi Joseph
Diriyah in Saudi Arabia has been confirmed as the venue for the world heavyweight boxing title-unification fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury.
Eddie Hearn, boxing promoter, who broke the news to Sky Sports on Tuesday, said the fight will hold in August.
Fury and Joshua signed a two-fight deal in March to unify the category.
The Nigerian-British boxer regained the WBA, WBO, and IBF titles in a rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr. in December 2019 at the same venue — after being stopped by the Mexican-American in an upset at Madison Square Garden that summer.
“Aug. 7, Aug. 14, I think it’s a very bad secret that the fight is happening in Saudi Arabia,” Hearn said while speaking about a potential date.
“It’s the same people we did the deal with for Andy Ruiz; that event was spectacular. As partners they were fantastic as well.”
“We’re very comfortable. Anthony’s comfortable, he knows those people. They delivered on every one of their promises last time. We’re ready to go.”
Hearn added that the date would be after the conclusion of the Tokyo Olympics, which will also allow Rob McCracken to be present for both.