Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have finalised the date for their undisputed heavyweight championship clash and will meet in a specially-created stadium, the promoter, Eddie Hearn, has said.
Joshua and Fury’s fight will be on August 14 in Saudi Arabia and was described by Hearn as “a done deal” although it is yet to be officially confirmed by both sides.
But Joshua’s promoter insists the focus is now on building a brand new venue to stage this historic fight.
“They want to build a new stadium,” Hearn told Sky Sports about the hosts in Saudi Arabia, adding that, “They have indoor options. In August at 11 pm it will be about 23 degrees.
“They want to create something very, very special. The last time they built a stadium for the Andy Ruiz Jr. fight in just seven weeks and it held 18,000.
“They have the opportunity to hold it indoors but they want to create something that will shock the world. They want to build a stadium just for this fight.”
The conclusion of the Olympics on August 7 means Joshua’s trainer Rob McCracken, who also coaches Team GB’s boxing team, will avoid a conflict of interests.