After protracted negotiations the fight for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world between WBA, WBO and IBF boss Anthony Joshua 24-1 (22) and WBC kingpin Tyson Fury 30-0-1 (21) has finally been signed.
It is understood the two-fight deal will see the purse split 50-50 in the initial fight, while the winner will take 60-40 in the rematch. The date and venue for both blockbuster bouts are yet to be confirmed.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing told Sky Sports: “All parties have now put pen to paper and we will be working hard over the next few weeks to confirm the site and date for the biggest fight in boxing.”
A number of countries are in the running to host the fight with Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Qatar, China, Dubai, America and the UK all putting their hand up.
Joshua recently said he was unfazed where the fight took place.
“Any option. Home turf, Middle East, my back garden, your back garden. I don’t mind where it is,” he told Sky News.
“I’m just ready to fight. I want that belt. I want to compete with Fury so all options are open to me.”
Joshua is champing at the bit to get back in the ring.
“[The pandemic] is getting close to things being normal. We’re working on a date for around June,” he said.
“So if Tyson is serious, which I think he is, he’ll know where to come and find the boss!
“I’m ready. I’m really looking forward to competition – all I want to do is fight, fight, fight!”
Last week Fury claimed he has not been training and had instead been spending his time in the pub.
“I’ve stopped training now, I’m on holiday, I’m doing anywhere between, eight, 10, 12 pints of lager a day at the minute. Not eating though so I’m getting my calories through alcohol,” Fury said to iFL TV.
“There’s nothing to do, is there? I’ve done training, training, training with no further process. It’s one of those things, at the minute I’m just chilling out, being a man of leisure in lockdown.”
Hearn said he didn’t know whether to believe Fury’s claims or not.
“You never really know with Tyson,” Hearn said. “It could be mind games. He could be having a bad day. He could be a little pissed off. Or he could be having a joke.
“One of the fascinations about this fight will be the build-up because they’re two totally different characters, two totally different personalities.
“The mind games will be on another level for this fight. Tyson is very good at that. Anthony is excited by that… He’s so pumped, so focused, he hasn’t stopped training since the [Kubrat] Pulev fight [in December]. He’s like a caged lion. The build-up is going to be epic.”