Eddie Hearn reveals Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have yet to agree whose name will appear first on fight poster

ANTHONY JOSHUA and Tyson Fury have yet to decide whose name will appear first on their fight poster.

The biggest fight in the history of British boxing is close to being finalised, with both fighters’ teams confident an agreement will be announced within the next fortnight.

Anthony Joshua knocked out Kubrat Puelv in his last outing
Tyson Fury celebrates his stunning victory over Deontay Wilder last February

But according to Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn, the small matter of whose name will be first on unification title fight poster has not yet been resolved.

Hearn told Boxing Scene: “Still to be discussed. I’m looking forward to that one.

“I suppose you have whose name is first, who goes to the ring first, who has the first changing room, who will weigh in first.

“Jokes aside, that’s not something that will necessarily be solved in one phone call. But it will be a discussion point over the next week or so.”

Matchroom Boxing chief Hearn doesn’t expect the matter to be solved until face-to-face meetings are permitted to take place.

He added: “I can’t imagine a Zoom coin flip. It’s better to paper it and discuss it and come to an amicable agreement.


“For me AJ is the bigger draw globally. But again, we are not interested in a debate where the fight falls apart because of things like that.

“We just need to box that off. In any unification fight this is always a conversation that can be arduous.”

Hearn, 41, is optimistic the long-awaited Battle of Britain will be announced in the coming weeks, saying: “All moving in the right direction.

“When we put the contract together it took time because we were trying to work to a contract that wouldn’t come back with hundreds of comments and it didn’t.

Eddie Hearn is confident the long-awaited Battle of Britain will soon be finalised

“There are still minor details to iron out but we have Top Rank’s comments and are working through those now.

“There’s no deadline. We expect the fight to take place in June, I wouldn’t rule out early July but June is where we want to be.”

Joshua vs Fury is expected to take place outside of the United Kingdom due to the coronavirus pandemic.

And according to Hearn, a number of countries have expressed an interest in hosting the blockbuster bout.

He said: “The next two weeks, we hope for an official announcement, and then we go out and decide where this thing will take place.

“We’ve had offers from the Middle East. We’re talking to Qatar, we’re talking to Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, we’re talking to Singapore, we’re talking to China, we’re talking to America.”

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