WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and unified titleholder Anthony Joshua will finally square off in one of the most anticipated fights in the history of boxing as both fighters have signed a two fight deal to unify the titles.
Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) and Anthony Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) share the throne of the heavyweight division, and for the boxing fandom, a unification fight between the British pugilists to determine the ruler of the division.
The biggest fight in boxing: Eddie Hearn authenticates Fury vs Joshua clash
After months of speculations, the fight is coming to fruition as the news about the deal was confirmed to ESPN by none other than Joshua’s promoter and Matchroom MD Eddie Hearn.
“We’d like to get a site deal confirmed in the next month,” Hearn said. “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.”
The bout will see Fury defending his WBC belt, while Joshua’s WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO titles will be on the line, and as the rules of the undisputed championship- winner takes all.
“This is the biggest fight in boxing and one of the biggest sporting events in the world. It will be a major, major win for a country that wants to showcase itself,” the promoter, who earlier expressed his faith in Joshua having the upper hand in the clash, added.
Early reports suggest that the first faceoff speculated to take place in either June or July, will have a 50-50 split, followed by a 60-40 for the winner in the rematch in November-December.
Joshua was last seen in action last December, defending his titles against Kubrat Pulev at the SSE Arena in London. Fury, on the other hand, has been out of action since the famous Deontay Wilder rematch in February last year.
In recent times, talks regarding the Fury vs Joshua unification fight had slowed down after The Gypsy King himself revealed that he was doubting that the fight would ever become a reality, claiming that his nemesis was not interested anymore.
Names from Wilder to Otto Wallin had been making headlines since Fury’s comments as his next probable opponent, but with the confirmation coming from Hearn himself, the blockbuster undisputed championship is on the cards!
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