WOW! Bob Arum Changes Stance on Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua

Published 05/14/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
NEW YORK – JUNE 03: Bob Arum attends the Friars Club Salute to Bob Arum at New York Friars Club on June 3, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)


Tyson Fury’s US promoter, Bob Arum, wasn’t really assertive about staging his biggest fighter’s clash with Anthony Joshua for the destined dates. But, the tables have turned now, and the Top Rank boss is on the front foot to roll out this fight on August 14.

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Arum feels all the necessary contracts and details of this high-voltage undisputed fight are done.

In a chat with Bad Left Hook, he said, “We sent (deal principals in Saudi Arabia) a memo, on behalf of the promotion, and they said it’s the holiday, the end of Ramadan, and nobody is in the office. They need the minister of sports’ approval, and they told us we should expect an answer Saturday or Sunday.”

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He continued, “So hopefully they accede to what we’ve asked for, and I’m optimistic they will.” 

Arum even admitted that though such deals are complex to break, they can definitely be done. He feels everyone is giving their best shot to make Joshua vs Fury happen and there are just a few issues to be ironed out. Moreover, Arum himself asserted that he’s optimistic about this fight taking place soon.

Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury clash – will it be announced next week?

In the above interview, Arum revealed the extensive progress this fight has made until now. He even put out a timeline to make this fight official and said, “Hopefully, we’ll be in a position to announce the fight next week.”

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Both ‘AJ’ and ‘The Gypsy King’ have crossed many hurdles for this fight. Additionally, the pair are in their absolute primes. Hence, they will want to go toe-to-toe against each other at the earliest.

Besides having the hype and attention for the obvious reasons, the bout has the massive responsibility of shaping the heavyweight landscape.

That said, boxing enthusiasts are keeping a track of every minute progress this fight is making outside the ring. After all, it’s the biggest, perhaps the most enigmatic showdown at the big men’s division.

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What do you derive from Arum’s comments on this encounter?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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