Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury, the only two heavyweights in the boxing world with a title, agreed in principle to meet during the 2021 year. To make this news even more spectacular, the two champs accepted a proposal that includes two fights.
Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, revealed this story yesterday, causing a major upset in the boxing community.
“It’s fair to say that, in principle, both guys have agreed to that fight. Two fights,” said Hearn, who also told that there were some contacts between teams promoting both sides.
BREAKING: Anthony Joshua reaches agreement to face Tyson Fury on a two-fight deal.
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 10, 2020
The 41-year old did confirm that there was no official agreement and that there are still many things to negotiate about, such as the dates and the venues. However, Hearn said that the financial aspect of the deal is agreed, and later on, Bob Arum, who represents Fury, told the media that the revenue is to be split 50-50.
Even though this is major news, we need to say that many obstacles could prevent this one from happening. For instance, both fighters have mandatory challengers waiting for their shot at the title.
Joshua needs to fight Kubrat Pulev, and the two already had a scheduled fight on June 20, but the COVID-19 pandemics postponed it. They have a contract about the fight, and it would be hard to believe that Pulev might step down and allow someone else to take his spot.
On the other hand, the WBC challenger, Dillian Whyte, is waiting for his chance to seize the belt for a long time, and right now, he should have the advantage of fighting against Fury. But that is not all. Fury himself announced last night that he wants to fight Joshua and that the whole world deserves to see that battle, but first, he wants another contest against Deontay Wilder.
The Gypsy King did confirm the agreement with Joshua about their fights, but on the other side, put Wilder first.
“Two-fight deal, Fury vs Joshua next year. One problem? I’ve got to smash Wilder. Then we go into the Joshua fight. It’s on, next year, but there is a hurdle in the road called Wilder.”
As we can see, a lot is going on under the surface, and we can just guess whether both sides really want this spectacle to happen next year or not.
MASSIVE THANKS TO DANIEL KINNERHAN FOR MAKING THIS HAPPEN.🙏🏻👍🏻 god bless pic.twitter.com/18FfVKfCax
— TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) June 10, 2020
If everything comes out well and the two have the chance to enter the ring against one another, their unification bout will give the first undisputed heavyweight champion of the world after 20 years.
Still, this verbal agreement shouldn’t be taken for granted, especially in this situation, with several factors working against it (such as mandatory fights). We often saw similar deals in the past, but in the end, nothing happened. They were made solely because of marketing, and for improving the position of certain individuals in their negotiations with third parties.
When it comes to a potential venue of the fights, we need to mention that both Joshua and Fury stated that the United Kingdom should have at least one bout on its soil. Both of them are from England, which is a great honor for this country.
Regarding the second one, according to most of the experts, Saudi Arabia and the USA have the biggest chances of hosting that spectacle. Joshua recently fought Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia, while Fury often jumps overseas to the US.
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