It’s the match-up all boxing fans have been asking for, and according to promoter Barry Hearn, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have agreed to a series of fights.
Talks between the British world heavyweight champions Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury started in May. And according to legendary promoter Eddie Hearn, they’ve agreed to a two-fight deal.
“It’s fair to say [Joshua and Fury] are in agreement regarding the financial terms,” Hearn, who is Joshua’s promoter, told Sky Sports News.
“We’re in a good place. It’s fair to say that, in principle, both guys have agreed to that fight. Two fights.”
A fight between them would be a historic unifying bout. Joshua, 30, holds the WBA, IBF and WBO belts, while 31-year-old Fury is the WBC champion.
And as you can see by this reaction, Fury seems in good spirits!
Other fights first
Despite Joshua and Fury appearing to strike a deal, they both have other challenges to overcome first.
Joshua is confirmed to meet American puncher Deontay Wilder for a third meeting. And Fury is contracted to fight the American, from whom he won the WBC title in February.
Joshua also has to face his mandatory challenger, Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev, when the sport fully resumes after the coronavirus shutdown.
Hearn added: “There is still a lot to overcome. We are looking at venues and dates.
“We’ve been talking to [Fury’s management team] MTK, giving them the assurances from Joshua’s side that all the details on the structure of the deal is approved from our side. And it is from Fury’s side, as well.”
Fight Island will take place on Yas Island and feature four events including UFC251, a Pay Per View event on July 11. The other bouts are scheduled for Wednesday, July 15, Saturday, July 18 and the following Saturday, July 25. The full line ups for each event will be released soon.