Promoter Eddie Hearn has insisted that the mega-fight between rival heavyweight kings Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua is still on course for an announcement later this month, with just minor details remaining before the ink is dry on the contract.

A fight of this magnitude – involving rival promoters, tv networks and egos all vying for the best possible deal – isn’t signed off without a seemingly endless exchange of paperwork, but Joshua’s promoter Hearn remains optimistic an agreement will be in place in a fortnight.

The bout between WBA Super, WBO and IBF champion Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) and WBC king Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) seems headed for the Middle East due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic ruling out a UK location and confirming a venue will be the next step once a final agreement is reached by the rival British behemoths.

“Contracts have been backwards and forwards,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “Only minor details to be resolved on both ends. We’re in a good place. AJ was in the office yesterday with us. We had a good meeting to finalise our side of stuff.

“I hate saying two weeks, but two weeks [until an official announcement].

“We’re on the verge now of getting this fight done. We want to make sure the ink is dry, and then we’ll go out and finalise the site details.

“I’m going to keep quiet for now, which probably won’t last for too long, but in the meantime working hard to finalise what is the absolute biggest fight in boxing.”