It looks like heavyweight champions Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury are finally meeting in the ring. According to English promoter Eddie Hearn, Fury and Joshua have an “agreement” to fight in 2021.
Hearn, who promotes Joshua, told ESPN on Wednesday that the two fighters worked out basics of the deal for two fights that should take place next year.
“We have agreed to the basics of the deal, a two-fight deal,” said Hearn. “The hardest part is to agree to the financial element of the deal. We have agreed with Tyson Fury and the team, and we can now move forward with finalizing the smaller parts of the deal. The good news for fight fans is that we have agreed to do the two fights, and we can now go and dot the I’s and cross the T’s.”
However, Hearn added that details like exact date and venue are unknown at the moment and both Joshua and Fury will have to come out victorious in their next fights in order to meet each other,
“They also have fights in between to make and get through, and that’s another issue,” he explained.
Fury also confirmed the deal via a video posted on social media.
After losing the WBO, WBA, and IBF heavyweight champion belts to Andy Ruiz in June 2019, Anthony Joshua managed to get them back in a rematch that took place six months later. For his next fight, Joshua was supposed to face Kubrat Pulev on June 20th, but the bout was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Tyson Fury, on the other hand, holds the WBC heavyweight champion belt as he defeated Deontay Wilder in early 2020. Fury will now face Dillian Whyte as part of mandatory title defense chores, while the third fight against Wilder is also on the cards.