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Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua signal two-fight deal to unify heavyweight titles

The pen has lastly hit paper within the Tyson Fury vs. Anthony Joshua negotiations saga.

The boxing stars have signed a two-fight deal that can see the heavyweight titles unified. High Rank promoter Eddie Hearn knowledgeable ESPN of the information Monday.

The preliminary assembly between Fury and Joshua can have a 50-50 purse cut up, whereas the rematch might be 60-40 in favor of the winner. Whereas dates and places aren’t set, it’s anticipated that each fights will happen in 2021, with the primary in June or July and the second in November or December.

“The onerous half is at all times getting all people to place pen to paper,” Hearn advised ESPN. “However this was a serious effort from all events to get this over the road. You had rival promoters, rival networks, and rival fighters.

“… I understand how onerous we’ve labored these final couple of months, and I simply really feel that this combat is so huge it’s not a tough promote. We’ve already had approaches from eight or 9 websites. The provides have come from a number of international locations within the Center East, from Asia, Japanese Europe, and America.”

Fury (30-0-1) hasn’t competed since February 2020 when he defeated Deontay Wilder through seventh-round TKO within the extremely anticipated rematch of their December 2018 draw. With that win, Fury picked up the WBC and The Ring heavyweight titles.

In January, Fury expressed frustration with the negotiations to combat Joshua. On a High Rank occasion broadcast, Fury claimed he stopped coaching and was ingesting 10 pints of beer a day.

Joshua (24-1) has gained back-to-back fights since his seventh-round TKO upset loss to Andy Ruiz in June 2019. The 2 rematched in December 2019, when Joshua gained again the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO titles he misplaced within the first combat.

This previous December, Joshua retained his titles with a ninth-round knockout victory over Kubrat Pulev in London.