Eddie Hearn has told talkSPORT that he remains confident Anthony Joshua will fight Tyson Fury twice next year.
It was announced earlier in the summer that the pair had agreed financial terms for a two-fight deal in 2021, however obstacles still remain in the way which could prevent the bout from happening.
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First, both men are planning bouts for the end of this year which will be must-wins if they are to secure the undisputed title showdown.
Hearn explained on the talkSPORT Breakfast: “Everyone’s looking at obviously the heavyweight fight between Tyson Fury and AJ, which I believe you’ll see twice next year.
“I just think that because of the pandemic everyone’s aim now is just to get their fight in this year.
“For AJ, December 12 against Kubrat Pulev looks to be the date that we hope to announce next week.
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“Tyson Fury against Deontay Wilder is hopefully December 19 – get them out the way.
“Don’t slip up on the banana skin that we saw and get these fights made next year.
“Fury against AJ, I really believe you’ll see two of those.
“One in spring/summer, one at the end of the year, and it’s a must.”
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Regarding whether fans will be able to attend, Hearn continued: “We don’t know where the world’s gonna be next year.
“Everyone keeps saying, ‘Yeah, crowd’s will return soon.’
“But right now I’m focussed on delivering boxing behind closed doors because we can’t just take for granted that fans are gonna return any time soon.
“So I think the best thing to do is hopefully we can get fans towards the end of the year, but our entire schedule is happening regardless of fans or not.
“Obviously a fight like Fury vs AJ, it would be borderline criminal to not have people in the building for probably one of the biggest fights of all time.”