Fury, Joshua agree to two-fight deal

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

LON­DON (AP):

AN ALL-BRI­TISH world heavy­weight ti­tle show­down be­tween An­thony Joshua and Tyson Fury in 2021 is a step closer.

Fury said yes­ter­day that an agree­ment has been reached with Joshua’s camp on a two-fight deal be­tween the cur­rent hold­ers of the heavy­weight belts.

“The big­gest fight in Bri­tish box­ing his­tory has just been agreed,” Fury said in a video mes­sage posted on Twit­ter. “Twofight deal.”

Joshua’s pro­moter, Ed­die Hearn, ear­lier yes­ter­day told Bri­tish broad­caster Sky Sports that the camps had agreed to two fights.

“We’re in a good place,” Hearn said. “It’s fair to say that, in prin­ci­ple, both guys have agreed to that fight. Two fights.”

Spe­cific dates and venues have not been fi­nalised and con­tracts have not been signed, but Hearn said the sides have agreed on the fi­nan­cial terms.

“The first fight could hap­pen next sum­mer,” Hearn said, although he ac­knowl­edged that “there is still a lot to over­come.”

First, Fury plans to fight Deon­tay Wilder for a third time. Fury’s pro­moter, Bob Arum, told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Mon­day that Fury “owes” Wilder a third fight af­ter claim­ing the WBC belt off the Amer­i­can with a sev­enth-round stop­page in Fe­bru­ary.

On Wed­nes­day, Fury de­scribed a third Wilder fight as a “hur­dle.”

“I’ve just got to smash Deon­tay Wilder’s face right in, in the next fight, and then we go into the Joshua fight next year,” Fury said.

Arum, the CEO of Top Rank, said they’re shoot­ing for Novem­ber or De­cem­ber. Only then would Fury turn his at­ten­tion to Joshua, who is the WBA, IBF and WBO ti­tle­holder, Arum said.

Fury also has a manda­tory ti­tle de­fence against Dil­lian Whyte. Joshua is also set to fight this year, against manda­tory IBF chal­lenger Kubrat Pulev.

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Tyson Fury (right) lands a right to Deon­tay Wilder dur­ing a WBC heavy­weight cham­pi­onship box­ing match in Las Ve­gas ear­lier this year.

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