Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury agree To A 2-fight deal to crown an undisputed champion!
For months now there have been rumblings about a potential heavyweight unification between Tyson “Gypsy King” Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO’s) and Anthony “AJ” Joshua (24-1, 22 KO’s). If staged, the winner would walk away as the new undisputed heavyweight champion; the first since Hall of Fame inductee Lennox Lewis achieved the feat in 1999!
Furthermore, the prizefight would have made history by being the first all UK dustup to determine an undisputed heavyweight champion. Yet, despite all the talk, Tyson Fury kept insisting that the fight was not a done deal. That is no longer the case.
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has officially revealed that both boxers signed a two-fight deal. At the moment, the actual date and venue for the first clash have yet to be determined. However, the fight is a go! Ideally the two fights will take place in 2021 and the initial encounter will be a 50-50 split. In the rematch, however, the victor will enjoy the greater portion of a 60-40 split.
In a report produced by ESPN, Hearn spoke on the matter.
“We’d like to get a site deal confirmed in the next month. 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.
“I actually feel we’ve done the hard part. Speaking for myself, Anthony and his team at 258 management [258 MGT], I know how hard we’ve worked these last couple of months and I just feel that this fight is so big it’s not a difficult sell.
“We’ve already had approaches from eight or nine sites. The offers have come from multiple countries in the Middle East, from Asia, Eastern Europe and America.”
While fans await more information to conclude this bout being “signed, sealed and delivered”, the hardest part of the negotiations are finished!
By: Bakari Simpson