Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have agreed financial terms for a blockbuster two-fight deal to crown the undisputed Heavyweight World champion in 2021, promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed.
Hearn told Sky Sports News that the two teams are on the same page on the financial structure of the deal, however contracts have not been signed, whilst a venue to stage the clash is yet to be decided.
“It’s fair to say [Joshua and Fury] are in agreement regarding the financial terms of the fight,” Hearn told Sky Sports News.
“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.
“We’re in a good place. It’s fair to say that, in principle, both guys have agreed to that fight. Two fights.”
The British pair have control over the division after Fury claimed the WBC belt with a stunning seventh round knockout over Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas in February, whilst Joshua exacted revenge over Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia in December to win back the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO straps.
’The Gypsy King’ (30-0-1, 21 KOs) is set to face Wilder in a trilogy bout later this year, whilst Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) is likely to face mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev, after their June bout was postponed, following the COVID-19 pandemic.
“After just getting off the phone from Daniel Kinahan [special advisor to KHK Sports], he’s just informed me that the biggest fight in British boxing history has just been agreed,” Fury said on Twitter.
It’s official FURY VS JOSUAR AGREED FOR NEXT YEAR, I got to smash @bronzebomber first then I’ll annihilate @anthonyfjoshua #WEARESPARTANS
MASSIVE THANKS TO DANIEL KINNERHAN FOR MAKING THIS HAPPEN.🙏🏻👍🏻 god bless pic.twitter.com/18FfVKfCax
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) June 10, 2020
“Big shout out Dan he got this done, over the line, two-fight deal.
“Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua next year, one problem, I’ve just got to smash Deontay Wilder’s face right in, in the next fight and then we go into the Joshua fight next year.”
WBC interim champion Dillian Whyte (27-1, 18 KOs) is due to receive his long-awaited World title shot by February 2021 and Hearn insists it remains “important” that the Brixton man is given his opportunity prior to any meeting between Joshua and Fury.