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August the 14th, save the date.
After their big dance was originally tipped for July 24, it seems Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua have now finally agreed to go toe-to-toe on this new date in August.
The 'Battle of Britain' between two of the baddest men on the planet looks set to be finalised within the next coming days after both a date and a venue were seemingly agreed on.
AJ's promoter Eddie Hearn announced earlier this week that the highly-anticipated heavyweight unification bout would be taking place in Saudi Arabia.
Now, just a couple of days later, Fury's promoter Frank Warren has given us boxing fanatics a pretty clear indication of exactly when the fight is going to happen - and it turns out the new dates are largely to do with the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo.
"It definitely won't be on August 7 because that's when the Olympics are on and that's gonna be a problem for TV," Warren told talkSPORT.
"Besides that, you've got a UFC PPV in the States and UK so if it goes on, it'll be on August 14.
"I don't think the date is the problem at all, I think everyone's agreed that can be moved to August 14."
Wary not to jump the gun, Warren wants to ensure that his main man Fury gets a fair crack of the whip during the negotiations before anything is formally announced.
"What we're all trying to do is get this over the line, but the only way we'll get it over the line is by the fighter, Tyson, getting certain assurances," Warren added.
"If he gets them, he'll put pen to paper, but as it is now, he's waiting for the other side's lawyers to confirm what he wants.
"We want the fight, everybody wants the fight, for once Eddie Hearn and I agree that we have a common aim here.
"But it hasn't been signed, I don't know why he's saying it has been signed.
"There have to be assurances given and confirmation given that Tyson is happy with.
"It's no different to if it were a footballer going to a football club, he would want certain assurances.
"It will be there [in Saudi Arabia] if the contract is signed, if Tyson's wishes are met with what he wants to be assured.
"I really do feel there's a way forward on this, I do feel having spoken with one of the principles there that he desperately wants to do this deal.
"But as I say there's just a couple of things that need to be addressed and I'm quite sure we'll get them addressed and get it over the line and we can get it on."
.@anthonyjoshua are you ready for a war #PUSSY working hard to give the fans a big KO!!! #LETSGETITON pic.twitter.com/eq0C3Vf4UX
- TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) May 12, 2021
For us boxing tragics, it seems like a lifetime ago that AJ and Fury began their initial negotiations.
But the fighters themselves, you can imagine it probably feels even longer.
These two clearly can't wait to get their hands on each other and if their social media back-and-forths are anything to go by, then it's clear that both parties are growing frustrated with the prolonged negotiations.
AJ recently tweeted at Fury, saying: "I'm tired. My fans are tired. Your fans are tired. We're all tired of the talk. Less talk, more action!"
The 'Gypsy King' responded, of course.
come get some then you big ugly Dosser???? YOUR NO TALK NO ACTION. pic.twitter.com/5x942s4OQd
- TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) May 11, 2021
But with these latest venue and date updates, it might not be too long until we see an official announcement for arguably one of the biggest bouts in the sport's history.
Eddie Hearn was equally as optimistic at the Canelo vs Billy Joe Saunders fight, saying: "It is 100 per cent being announced this week."
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