One of the biggest heavyweight fights in boxing history is official.
According to Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn both Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have signed off on a two-fight deal.
Now the heavyweight champions have signed on the dotted line, Hearn and Bob Arum have the not so small task of finding a host site for the first fight which is expected to take place this summer.
“We’d like to get a site deal confirmed in the next month,” Eddie Hearn told ESPN. “The hard part is always getting everybody to put pen to paper. But this was a major effort from all parties to get this over the line. You had rival promoters, rival networks and rival fighters.”
“I actually feel we’ve done the hard part,” Hearn continued. “Speaking for myself, Anthony and his team at 258 management, I know how hard we’ve worked hard these last couple of months and I just feel that this fight is so big it’s not a difficult sell. We’ve already had approaches from eight or nine sites. The offers have come from multiple countries in the Middle East, from Asia, eastern Europe and America.”
“This is the biggest fight in boxing and one of the biggest sporting events in the world,” Hearn concluded. “It will be a major, major win for a country that wants to showcase itself.”
Joshua currently holds the WBA, IBF AND WBO heavyweight titles.
The Olympic gold medallist was last seen in action against Kubrat Pulev in December 2020.
‘AJ’ dominated his mandatory challenger through nine rounds before finding the finish.
Fury has been out the ring considerably longer than his heavyweight rival.
‘The Gypsy King’ last fought in February 2020 against Deontay Wilder.
The two fighters previously went to a controversial draw in 2019.
In the rematch, Fury left no doubt. He hit, dropped and hurt Wilder on several occasions before Mark Breland mercifully threw in the towel in round seven.
Who are you backing in this heavyweight undisputed fight? Anthony Joshua or Tyson Fury?