‘They’re Waiting on the Paperwork From Saudi’ – Mark Kriegel Provides a Massive Update on Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua

Published 04/17/2021, 7:22 AM EDT


The Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua bout has been the talk of the sport for the past few months. Fans have followed every update about the two heavyweights and have grown frustrated with the delay in an announcement. However, it now appears there is good news.

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The two heavyweights agreed to a two-fight deal a while back. Since then, the only thing holding back an official announcement is the venue and date. However, boxing fans may have gotten a timely update on the possible location of the event.

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND – AUGUST 18: Tyson Fury celebrates after defeating Francesco Pianeta following their heavyweight contest at Windsor Park on August 18, 2018 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Mark Kriegel from ESPN gave fans an update they were all looking for. He said, “Both Anthony Joshua’s camp and Tyson Fury’s camp want to fight in Saudi Arabia.”

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The reputed journalist then pointed out that it is not official until someone from the Saudi government puts money into escrow.

Kriegel then added, “Both sides are yet to sign.. this is a crucial document, a memorandum of understanding. Several sources tell me today that they’re ‘waiting for the paperwork from Saudi’. So you can take that for what it’s worth.”

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What does this mean for the Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua bout?

These comments from the journalist showed that the two parties have finally agreed upon the location. Moreover, his sources revealed that the only thing stopping the two camps from signing an official agreement is the paperwork from Saudi Arabia. Thus, there is nothing from either camp that is delaying the fight.

Therefore, this means they’re finally in the last stages of finalizing the bout. This will be good news for fans and the two fighters, as after months of rumors and speculation, it appears the negotiations have finally ended.

DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua celebrates victory over Andy Ruiz Jr during the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

If Kriegel’s sources are right, then once the paperwork is completed, they can decide on a date. Whether that will be in the summer or after will be the last issue that the two camps will have to decide on.

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What do you make of this news? Do you think the Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua fight will happen in the summer?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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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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