ANTHONY JOSHUA and Tyson Fury WILL fight – after agreeing terms on a sensational two-fight deal for next year.
AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn revealed progress has been made ahead of a potential all-British heavyweight unification bout in 2021, with Fury himself confirming the news.
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 @… https://t.co/GesKkS7di1
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) June 10, 2020
Joshua, 30, is first set to fight Kubrat Pulev, with Fury taking on Deontay Wilder in the third fight of their trilogy.
But, should the pair both win, they will finally go toe-to-toe in the ring to be crowned undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
The first fight will see the purse split 50/50 – with the winner of that fight taking home 60 per cent of the second bout.
Neither fight will be in the UK, with Fury not having a British boxing licence – leaving Saudi Arabia and Las Vegas as the most-likely hosts.
No broadcast deal is yet in place, with DAZN owning AJ’s US fights and ESPN having Fury.
They would have to agree to share coverage of the fights – as would BT Sport and Sky Sports in the UK.
Fury tweeted his joy at the news, saying: “It’s official FURY VS JOSUAR AGREED FOR NEXT YEAR.
“I got to smash @bronzebomber first then I’ll annihilate @anthonyfjoshua”.
Speaking about a potential showdown between Joshua and Fury, 31, Hearn told Sky Sports News: “We’re making great progress.
“There is still a lot to overcome. We are looking at venues and dates.
“We have the Dillian Whyte mandatory which is due before this fight.
“It’s fair to say [Joshua and Fury] are in agreement regarding the financial terms of the fight.”