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Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury could make simultaneous ring walks for their blockbuster heavyweight unification fight, Matchroom chief Eddie Hearn has revealed.
Traditionally, the champion makes his ring walk second but, with both Joshua and Fury holding world titles, Hearn has suggested the pair could make their entrances at the same time in order to avoid a dispute.
He said: "You will see. Maybe they will walk at the same time. It would be unique. From different sides of the arena. That would solve a problem.
"In the world today, people are more willing to be accepting and understanding and rather than muck about with it, let’s just get this done. So I don't think we will have any problems.
"The walk in at the same time is genuinely something I have thought about as a spectacle rather than a contractual issue.'
All parties are understood to have agreed on Saudi Arabia as the destination for the fight, but a date is yet to be finalised.
"We all know now that both sides have signed the contract, they have both accepted one specific proposal and we are finalising that with contracts going backwards and forwards and tiny, tiny points getting ironed out", Hearn added.
"We haven't finalised an exact date, July 24 is the rough date but it may leak into early August but no later than that. The Olympics will be a different timezone so it's not really in the mindset."
Hearn also claimed the fight will be "bigger than the Olympics", saying "I know the Olympics is a huge event but I see them very differently.
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"I know a lot of people won't agree with me but I personally see this bigger than the Olympics. I just feel it is bigger than the Olympics, for Britain, because the world will stop to watch and it's between two Brits.
"It's impossible to schedule anything without clashing with something, it's impossible so we will go on the date we are told to go on."
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