Bob Arum Says Draft Contract for Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury Fight Will Be Obtained This Week

Published 01/25/2021, 5:07 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 14: Boxing promoter Frank Warren (L) and Top Rank Founder and CEO Bob Arum attend the ceremonial weigh-in for the Tyson Fury and Tom Schwarz fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fury and Schwarz will meet in a heavyweight bout on June 15 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Top Rank’s Bob Arum gave a big update regarding the Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury fight. The co-promoter of Fury revealed that they expect a draft contract to reach them this week following which they can sign the deal. He also gave an update on the location.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 11: Top Rank Founder and CEO Bob Arum (L) greets boxer Tyson Fury after Fury’s workout at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on June 11, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fury will face Tom Schwarz in a heavyweight bout on June 15 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

This has been one of the most talked-about events in sports in 2021. Talks have been progressing well between parties and, it seems to have gone a step ahead. 

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Arum broke the news when talking to TalkSPORT. He said, “Eddie, with the Joshua people, will have the first draft of the contract to us on Tuesday. And then I will circulate it to Frank [Warren], to Tyson and to the various lawyers.”

He then explained the next few steps that they would have to get through, but reassured fans it would be an easy decision. He cited they are all professionals who want to get this done. This is a statement that holds true right from the fighters to the promoters.

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Bob Arum provides an update on the location of the fight

After confirming the progress in talks, Arum then gave an update on the location. Although he said the UK would have been the ideal destination, they are now considering another place, but it would only be after they sign a contract.

“We’re looking for a site someplace else – be it the Mid-East or Asia. And I’m sure that once we get this document signed, we’ll jointly be able to select the site and get it announced,” said Arum.

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This is exactly what Eddie Hearn had said in a previous interview. Thus, this means that we still do not know if fans will be in attendance at the venue or not. However, given that it’s a fight of this stature, we’re sure that will be the deciding factor for picking the location.

 Therefore, this is exciting news for boxing fans. Despite constant updates on the progress, past experiences in the sport meant that nothing will be confirmed until they signed contracts. Thankfully, negotiations now seem to be at the last step.

What do you make of this news? Do you think Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury is now a done-deal?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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