Eddie Hearn has insisted Anthony Joshua’s clash with Tyson Fury could still happen with the promoters and broadcasters involved in organizing the fight still trying to ‘conclude the deal’.
Fury’s camp sent Team AJ a contract on 16 September, believing all Joshua and Co had to do was sign on for a Cardiff bout on 3 December.
But Hearn blocked his man from doing so, insisting that the details of the contract itself were all over the place.
Growing impatient, Fury set a deadline for AJ to sign, which passed at 5pm yesterday.
The Gypsy King subsequently claimed the fight is OFF and hurled insults at Joshua, labelling him: “Idiot. Coward. S***house. Bodybuilder.”
Fury has now insisted that he wants to fight Mahmoud Charr instead.
The WBC champion cited a lack of movement from Joshua’s team as the reason for pulling the plug but Hearn has now said the promoters and broadcasters involved have had several ‘positive’ phone calls.
According to Hearn, the promoters and broadcasters – who are working hard to finalise AJ and Fury’s fight – had several ‘positive’ phone calls on Monday.
Hearn went on to say there has been no talk of a deadline between the two parties despite Fury claiming AJ had until 5pm on Monday to sign the contract.
Instead, Hearn – who is the chairman of Matchroom Sport – has said that they ‘are moving at pace to try and conclude the deal’.
Speaking to TalkSPORT, Hearn said: “There were various positive calls today between promoters and broadcasters who are all working hard to finalise the fight.
“There has been no talk of a deadline between the parties, but we are moving at pace to try and conclude the deal.”
Hearn’s comments came shortly after Fury insisted he would not be fighting his heavyweight rival AJ in December.