After a hugely successful Fight Night in the English capital in March, which Hearn attended, UFC returns just four months later for July 23 card.
This is the date Joshua vs Usyk II is set to take place, and ‘AJ’ promoter Hearn opened up on a conversation he had with White about a possible scheduling conflict.
“Dana texted me two days ago and was like, ‘Look, are you going July 23?’ I said, “Maybe,” said Hearn mac life.
“He said, ‘We’re going to London on July 23, would you like me to move him? What do you think?'”
UFC London will once again be held at the O2 Arena. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia appears to be the likely venue for Joshua’s rematch with Usyk. Joshua lost his heavyweight belts to the unbeaten Ukrainian at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London last September.
Hearn continued: “[Dana and I have] has a good relationship and I’m sure he doesn’t think about our business, but he’s courteous.
“I said, ‘If we go, it’s going to be the main event at 9 p.m., because that date would be a Middle Eastern date. He said it’s so hard to get a venue, which it is. I said, ‘Do your thing, whatever you have to do.’
“We are not confirmed for July 23; if we go on July 23, we’ll talk to Dana and make sure the main events don’t collide, and it’s good to have that relationship.
“He asked me about Canelo [Alvarez vs Dmitry Bivol on 7 May] and there is a UFC event [the same night]. Is there a conversation to be had there?
“I remember when Canelo last boxed and Dana had him on his laptop, there was a big furor online about who’s going to start.
“It kind of adds to the occasion. They can’t run their business by caring about us and vice versa. I don’t watch the UFC schedule. If there was a Conor McGregor fight or something huge… there’s a crossover between the two audiences, but I don’t feel like it’s the same audience.
Eddie Hearn reveals talks with UFC boss Dana White over Anthony Joshua vs Oleksandr Usyk clash
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