Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn has responded to claims that the unification bout between the two world heavyweight champions is “dead in the water”.
WBO, IBF and WBA king Anthony Joshua and WBC champ Tyson Fury are on collision to meet inside the ring this summer with both camps negotiating the fight for five months now.
Top Rank’s Bob Arum, who is the US promoter of “The Gypsy King” said earlier this week that the bout was dead and it won’t be happening.
Such a statement didn’t resonate well with Hearn who said Arum’s comments were “remarkable” and insisted “nothing has changed” in the negotiation process.
“The deal is agreed and we are waiting for the long-form agreement to be signed.”
“In the coming hours or days they’ll get a copy of the contract that’s ready to go and they’ll sign,” Hearn told BBC Sport boxing correspondent Mike Costello.
“Bob’s ego is out of control. That sort of generation it’s all about control and power for them. Let’s all do our job. I am not looking to upset Arum, I’m just saying ‘you will get the latest version of long form and we will get it done’.
“What is Fury going to do? Fight Deontay Wilder for a fifth of the money?
“The back and forth, I suppose it just comes with the territory of the mega fight. To anyone listening, I really apologise for the backwards and forwards as you’re probably getting bored of it. Try and keep the faith and Bob, try to keep the faith.”