British professional boxer, Anthony Joshua has reached an agreement with Tyson Fury on a two-fight deal, says promoter Eddie Hearn.
Britain’s rival champions have been holding talks over an undisputed world heavyweight title fight and have thrashed out initial terms for two blockbuster battles.
“We’re making great progress in finalizing the fight,” Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn simply told Sky Sports News. “There is still a lot to be done. We are looking at venues and dates.
“We have the Dillian Whyte mandatory which is due before this fight.
“It’s okay to say [Joshua and Fury] are in agreement as regards the financial terms of the fight.
“We’ve been communicating to [Fury’s management team] MTK, providing them with 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.
“However, we’re in a good place. It’s okay to say that, in principle, both boxers have concluded to that fight. Two fights.
“[There’s] a lot to done in the meantime. We’re moving in the good path. I’m confident that both boxers have given their blessing for the fight to go ahead.
“The point of Fury, Joshua and the teams concluding to the structure of the deal? The first fight could happen next summer. It will be 2021.
“The main positive news is that Joshua and Fury have agreed to a two-fight deal, in essence.
“The most difficult part of any deal is the financial aspect. I believe we’re in a good place where both boxers have concluded to what that should be.
“We have not signed contracts because there are still things to be worked out.
“Both boxers are in agreement. The structure of the deal has been put forward, and agreed to by both parties.
“There is a model in place that both parties are happy with.
“It’s the biggest fight ever in British boxing. It doesn’t get bigger, and there will never be a bigger fight in our generation.
“Two guys, very different, who fight differently, have experienced different things and have come back from adversity.”
Fury remains unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion and Joshua holds the IBF, WBA and WBO titles. Whyte is due a mandatory shot at Fury’s belt by February 2021.
Before the undisputed title fight can take place, Fury is contracted to face Deontay Wilder for a third time and Joshua will meet mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev.
Asked about a possible location for the Joshua vs Fury fight, Hearn added: “There are discussions with various sites.
“From a common-sense point of view and without knowing how a deal works, everyone will say Britain is the place to hold the fight. But it is the world heavyweight championship – there will be all sorts of offers from across the world, and there have been already.
“The venue is another problem to fix.”
Fury’s UK-based promoter Frank Warren had previously told Sky Sports: “This is not a difficult fight to make.
“It’s not about me or [Hearn’s company] Matchroom. It’s about getting this fight made.”
Fury acknowledged the agreement with Joshua via social media , where he wrote; “Two-fight deal, Fury vs Joshua next year. One problem? I’ve got to smash Wilder. Then we go into the Joshua fight. It’s on, next year, but there is a hurdle in the road called Wilder.”