July 24, 2021

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Anthony Joshua v Tyson Fury moves a step closer as Eddie Hearn says two-combat offer agreed

Anthony Joshua holds the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles, while Tyson Fury has the WBC belt

Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury’s environment heavyweight title showdown has moved a phase nearer with Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn saying a two-combat deal has been signed.

The winner of the all-British bout will become the undisputed heavyweight champion.

The places and dates are nevertheless to be verified.

Joshua, 31, retains the WBA, WBO and IBF belts, whilst Fury, 32, has the WBC title.

“All parties have now set pen to paper and we will be working tricky over the next handful of months to affirm the site and day for the most important combat in boxing,” Hearn told Sky Sporting activities on Monday.

Fury said on Friday that he had stopped schooling because a offer was “nowhere near” being finalised.

Hearn told ESPN on Monday they are aiming to get a venue “confirmed in the next month” and that they have presently had offers from “8 or nine web-sites” across “a number of countries in the Center East, Asia, eastern Europe and America”.

The struggle involving Joshua and Fury will see all 4 belts contested in a heavyweight bout for the 1st time.

The previous undisputed heavyweight champion was Britain’s Lennox Lewis from 1999 to 2000, right before a boxer had to also keep the WBO belt to be recognised as undisputed winner.

Joshua has a document of 24 wins and one particular defeat from 25 expert bouts. He lost his three world titles in a shock defeat by Andy Ruiz Jr in June 2019 before regaining them in a rematch in December that 12 months.

He defended them by knocking out mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev at Wembley Arena in December.

Fury is unbeaten in his 31 expert fights, acquiring survived two knockdowns to draw with American Deontay Wilder in 2018 right before taking the WBC title by winning their rematch in February 2020, the last time Fury fought.

He gained the WBA, IBF and WBO belts by beating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 in advance of almost a few several years out of the sport all through which he overcame despair and also acknowledged a backdated two-yr British isles Anti-Doping ban.

Assessment – ‘As big as everything in British boxing history’

Mike Costello, BBC boxing correspondent

There are nevertheless hurdles to be prevail over but all indications are positive and this battle promises to be as huge as something in British boxing historical past – certainly even bigger than something I have included – and with global importance.

No heavyweight has at any time held all four recognised versions of the entire world title and that could be put ideal when these two ultimately stroll up the ring actions.

There appears to be to be a normal move in direction of the rematch getting in the United kingdom but the very first struggle is very not likely to be in the British isles and the Middle East is however the favourite.

I am told the income for the very first struggle would be break up 50/50 and then 60/40 in favour of the winner of the first fight for the rematch.

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