After a hugely successful fight night in the English capital in March, which Hearn attended, The UFC returns just four months later for a July 23 card.
That’s the date Joshua vs Usyk II is expected to take place, and “AJ” promoter Hearn opened up on a conversation he had with White about a potential scheduling conflict.
“Dana texted me two days ago and said, ‘Look, are you going on July 23rd?’ I said, ‘Possibly,'” Hearn said The Mac Life.
“He said, ‘We’re going to London on July 23, would you like me to postpone it? What do you think?'”
UFC London will once again be held at the O2 Arena. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia looks like the likely venue for Joshua’s rematch with Usyk. Joshua lost his heavyweight belt to the undefeated 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 is polite.
“I said, ‘If we go, the main event is 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 23rd we will speak to Dana and make sure most of the main events don’t clash 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]. Can you talk there?
“I remember the last time Canelo boxed and Dana had it on his laptop there was a big fuss online about who goes first.
“It kind of adds to the occasion. They cannot run their business worrying about us and vice versa. I don’t look at the UFC schedule. If there was a fight with Conor McGregor or something big… there’s some overlap between the two viewers, but I don’t feel like it’s the same audience.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/boxing/eddie-hearn-dana-white-joshua-uysk-ufc-b2070344.html Eddie Hearn reveals talks with UFC boss Dana White over Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk date clash