Over the last few weeks, hype behind the potential fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua has snowballed. However, Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn says there is still work to do and that the clock is ticking.
In an interview with Charlie Parsons of Boxing Social, Hearn spoke of issues with the contract that had been sent over by Queensbury’s Frank Warren, but was keen to point out that they were nothing out of the ordinary.
“We had a contract come through and there was a lot of issues with that contract, it’s not unusual. We went back, we had a very proactive call yesterday with the guys. Time is of the essence, the broadcasters have still got to get together, but we are moving in the right direction with the wording in that agreement and we are all hopeful to make it happen.”
“Everybody wants to make the fight, so there is a great chance of it happening. It’s got to be right for everyone and we are not looking to be difficult. It’s a co-promotion and we are looking at how to maximise the revenue for the pot for the fighters and no one disputes that.”
Speaking ahead of the Hughes vs Galahad press conference in Nottingham, Hearn smiled as he commented on the civil and professional manner being conducted by himself and Warren, who have previously struggled to work together.
This time though, it seems that he and his rival promoter have decided to put their differences aside for the good of the sport as they aim to put on one of the biggest fights in British boxing history.
“I can’t say to you ‘it’s looking good’ or ‘its looking bad’, there is still a long way to go. But, no one is slagging each other off, which is a really good sign.”
“You’d think in this situation it’d be me in an interview saying this and Frank [Warren] in an interview saying that, but we are not. We realise that it would affect the fight and the chances of it happening, so we are all behaving.”
Although both Matchroom and Queensbury appear to be putting the fans first in trying to make the fight, there is still a degree of uncertainty as to whether an event of this magnitude can be successfully made and promoted for the rumoured date of December 3rd. Having said that, Hearn and Warren seem positive.
The same can’t be said for Fury’s promoter across the pond, though, who has cast some doubt about the desire from Joshua’s team to make the fight.