Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have “multiple” offers to stage their fight for the world title, and promoter Eddie Hearn is “sure as always” about finalizing the deal.
The British rival champions signed contracts ahead of the undisputed fight for the world title, but a period of three weeks is envisaged to reach an agreement on the location and place of the big summer showdown.
Fury announced on Wednesday night that the deadline was three days behind criticism from his father John over the negotiations, but Matchroom boss Hearn intends to provide various options to both fighters by the weekend.
“At the end of this week, both fighters and teams will be presented with all the offers and options on the table, of which there will be more,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
About three or four offers for both camps will be presented this weekend, and then it’s over for them and the teams to talk about which one we want to take.
“We’re in a good place. I’ve seen John Fury’s comments. It’s almost like they don’t really want a fight. I’d like them to talk about it, instead of talking.”
“We are quite aware that there has been a global pandemic. We are aware that it is not easy, but we vaccinate people outside every day to do it.
“There would be little support, John and Tyson, thank you very much.
“Like I said, about three or four offers for both camps will be presented this weekend, and then it’s up to them and the teams to talk about who we want to take. The dates of those fights.”
A number of potential locations are being considered, including Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Qatar, China, Dubai, the United States and the United Kingdom, and the date is expected in July.
“The same thing applies,” Hearn said. “Two fights this year. It’s a summer fight. That’s all we’re working on and we’re sure as always that this will be over.
“I know there are negative people and people who believe we can’t do it, but we spend our whole lives pulling things out and I believe we will succeed and I believe you will see this fight in the summer.
“The next step is basically to persuade everyone to agree on a place and date and they will have more options to choose from.
“There’s no other fight for Tyson Fury. There’s no other fight for Anthony Joshua. This is a fight. Everyone accepts it.”
Wembley Stadium is not ruled out, despite current restrictions on attending Covid-19, and Hearn has named a potential date that could fit in between major sporting events.
“First, you have the Euro, and then the Olympics, if they happen,” he said.
“When you look at the Wembley option, which still revolves around. It may be unrealistic, but it’s another option we’d like to introduce.
“It would be, for example, July 24, which is the end of the euro period. Once you start going too deep into August, you will get the Olympics and so on.
“I set that fight as the biggest sporting event of 2021. I know the Olympics are a big period. This is massive. It’s something the whole world will stop watching.”