Fury & Joshua Agree Two-Fight Deal
The fight to remove all doubt as to who is the true heavyweight champion of the world looks a lot closer today.
Eddie Hearn has said an agreement has been reached on a two-fight deal. All the major heavyweight belts are held by Fury and Joshua, and the winner of a fight between the pair would become the undisputed world heavyweight champion.
Hearn exclusively told Sky Sports:
“We’re making great progress. There is still a lot to overcome. We are looking at venues and dates.
“We’ve been talking to [Fury’s management team] MTK, giving them 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.
“We’re in a good place. It’s fair to say that, in principle, both guys have agreed to that fight. Two fights.
“[There’s] a lot to overcome in the meantime. We’re moving in the right direction. I’m confident that both guys have given their blessing for the fight to go ahead.
“The point of Fury, Joshua and the teams agreeing to the structure of the deal? The first fight could happen next summer. It will be 2021.
“There is a big period of time where Whyte should get his shot at the title. That’s important to us.
“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 element. I believe we’re in a great place where both guys have agreed to what that should be.
“We have not signed contracts because there are still things to be worked out. We’re pushing towards a place where they can be drafted, for 2021.
“Both guys 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.”
The proposed fight clearly has someway to go to become a done deal, and both Fury and Joshua need to keep winning and fulfill any outstanding mandatory obligations, but at least progress is being made.