The long-awaited mouthwatering heavyweight fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury has moved a step closer with Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn saying that a two-fight deal has been signed.
The winner of the all-British fight will become the undisputed heavyweight champion.
The location and date for the fight are yet to be confirmed.
Meanwhile, Joshua, 31, holds the WBA, WBO and IBF belts, while Fury, 32, has the WBC title.
Hearn told Sky Sports Monday, March 15, 2021:
“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,”.
Fury had earlier stated that he had stopped preparing for the fight because a deal was “nowhere near” being finalised.
Hearn told ESPN on Monday that they are still loking for a venue “confirmed in the next month” and that they have already had contacts with “eight or nine sites” across “multiple countries in the Middle East, Asia, eastern Europe and America”.
The fight between Joshua and Fury will be the first time in professional boxing history that all four heavyweight belts will be contested for in one match.
According to BBC, the last undisputed heavyweight champion was Britain’s Lennox Lewis from 1999 to 2000, before a new rule where a boxer had to also hold the WBO belt to be recognised as an undisputed champion.
Joshua has a massive record of 24 wins and one loss in 25 professional fights. The loss came in a game against Andy Ruiz Jr in June, 2019 where he lost his three world titles in a shock defeat before winning them back in a rematch in December that same year.
The 31-year-old came up against Kubrat Pulev in December 2020 where he knocked him out to retain his title at the Wembley Arena in London.
Furthermore, Fury is unbeaten in his 31 professional fights, he survived two knockdowns to draw with American Deontay Wilder in 2018 before going home with the WBC title by coming out triumphant in their rematch in February 2020, which was actually the last time Fury fought.
He won the WBA, IBF and WBO belts by defeating Vladimir Klitschko in 2015 before going nearly three years out of the sport during which he had to overcome depression and also accepted a backdated two-year UK Anti-Doping ban.