Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua Agree to Two-Fight Deals
An all-British world heavyweight title confrontation in Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury in 2021 is a step closer.
Fury announced Wednesday that an arrangement had arrived with Joshua’s camp on a two-fight contract among the current holders of the heavyweight belts.
“The biggest fight in British boxing chronicle has just been accepted,” Fury stated in a video message posted on Twitter. “Two-fight deal.”
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, reported British broadcaster Sky Sports that the camps had agreed to two fights.
“We’re in a good place,” Hearn said. “It’s right to mention that, in speculation, both athletes have agreed to its fight. Two fights.”
Specific dates and venues haven’t been finalized, and contracts haven’t been signed, but Hearn said the edges have agreed on the financial terms.
“The first fight could occur next summer,” Hearn said, although he admitted that “there remain tons to beat .”
First, Fury plans to fight Deontay Wilder for the third time. On Wednesday, Fury described a 3rd Wilder fight as a “hurdle.” “I’ve just needed to smash Deontay Wilder’s face right in, within the next fight, then we enter the Joshua fight next year,” Fury said.
Arum, the CEO of Top Rank, stated they’re asking for November or December. Arum noted that only then would Fury turn his attention to Joshua, the WBA, IBF, and WBO titleholder.
Fury also features a mandatory title defense against Dillian Whyte. Joshua is also set to fight this year against compulsory IBF challenger Kubrat Pulev.
Hearn stated Joshua-Fury would be “the greatest fight eternally in British boxing.”
“It doesn’t get more significant, and there’ll never be a much bigger fight in our period,” Hearn said.
Both camps are going to be keen to carry the fights in packed venues, which isn’t possible today due to coronavirus restrictions. The Fury-Wilder rematch brought a sellout crowd in Las Vegas that set a history of quite $17 million for the live gate, which is broken away pay-per-view.