Boxing fans will have the match they have asked for years. Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua will finally face each other in the ring and not just once, but twice in 2021 for the unification of the world heavyweight titles.
The two sides have been negotiating for weeks and, although the contracts have not been signed yet, promoter Eddie Hearn said he expects Joshua, champion of the World Boxing Association (WBA), the International Federation (IBF) and the World Boxing Organization (WBO) settles with Fury, belt by The World Boxing Council (WBC), who is the king of the category in 2021.
“We are making great progress. There is still a lot to solve. We are looking at venues and dates,” Hearn assured the Sky Sports channel this Wednesday. “It can be said that both boxers have agreed to fight. Two fights”, added the man who also specified that the first of the two fights could take place in the summer (boreal) of 2021.
Fury himself, 31, on a live Instagram also confirmed the news: “I just spoke on the phone with Daniel Kinahan and he informed me that the biggest fight in the history of British boxing has just been agreed.” Although he warned his followers that his mind is focused on crossing with Deontay Wilder, whom he already outperformed in February this year by technical knockout.
Before, both fighters have other scheduled fights: Joshua against the Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev, while Fury will have a rematch with the American Wilder. But then they will face each other in the combat that is already announced as the most important in the history of Great Britain.
So far there is no official information on what the venues will be or how much the bags will be taken by the fighters, but the British press has already advanced that Saudi Arabia aims to be the scene of the first duel and that $190 million in prizes would be handed out there, thus being the fifth fight in history in terms of money.
For his part, Joshua, 30, stepped into a ring for the last time in December 2019 to beat Andy Ruiz Jr by unanimous decision and regain the belts he had lost in June when the Mexican took one of the biggest hits in boxing history by beating him by technical knockout at Madison Square Garden in New York.