Less than 24 hours ago, Matchroom Sport’s Managing Director Eddie Hearn confirmed the signing of Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua.
“We’d like to get a site deal confirmed in the next month,” said Eddie Hearn to ESPN. “The hard part is always getting everybody to put pen to paper. But this was a major effort from all parties to get this over the line. You had rival promoters, rival networks, and rival fighters.”
It’s a two-fight deal. Both boxers will take home a 50-50 split in the first bout. However, in the second fight, the loser will get 10% less, whereas the winner gets 10% more. Hearn affirmed the plans to have both fights in 2021. The first bout will most likely take place in July, and the second in November or December.
Fury vs. Joshua: The Countdown Begins
Although the contracts have been signed, there is no confirmation on the venue or a date. In a recent interview with iFL TV, journalist Gareth A Davies detailed the unsolved problems with Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua.
“[There are] 30 days to get this agreed now… It’s a ticking clock for the next thirty days. But it’s also a ticking time bomb. Because if it doesn’t get done in that time, all the vast announcements that are gonna be made around the world for the greatest, biggest, British boxing fight in history… the reports will be, fight collapses! So, they have these 30 days now to get all these things agreed.”
ESPN confirmed this news to be true.
“It’s pending, finding a site and a date that’s acceptable to both (fighters’ camps),” a source from Top Rank (Fury’s promotional company) told ESPN. “We have 30 days from the signing, or the deal could go away.”
At this moment, it seems like the bout will probably take place in the Middle East.
In an earlier interview, Fury seemed unoptimistic about the fight. He claimed he would fight two times in 2021, and it does not have to be Joshua. When Davies reached out to Tyson for his comment on the latest news, “The Gypsy King” gave another unenthusiastic response.
“I mean, I reached out to Tyson Fury this evening to get a comment from him… And he said, ‘I have nothing to tell you, mush,‘” Davies added.
Anthony Joshua on His Fight with Tyson Fury: “It’s Gonna be a Spectacle”
On DAZN’s Off The Cuff, “AJ” expressed his excitement towards the fight. He also praised Fury, who is a former unified heavyweight champion, the reigning WBC champion, and The Ring Magazine titlist, for what he has done for the sport.
“He’s a great champion,” Anthony Joshua said. “He’s done well for himself. I study him as well. He’s done great things for the sport of boxing.”
Moreover, Joshua stated the delay would only benefit him, as he keeps getting better.
“I feel good. I feel like the longer they leave it, the harder it is for them because I’m improving. I’m still improving [as a] fighter. I’m getting stronger. I’m getting smarter, which is a blessing. So, in that sense, yes, I am looking forward to it. But at the same time, I don’t want the glitz and the glam. I just wanna fight. It’s gonna be massive, it’s gonna be a spectacle.”
The winner of Fury vs. Joshua will be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, as all the titles will be on the line.