Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury’s long-awaited heavyweight bout has been ‘verbally agreed’ according to Eddie Hearn. Joshua’s promoter has claimed the big unification fight will take place in either May or June of 2021.
Hearn has revealed that contracts are being drawn up with only ‘minor issues’ to resolve before confirmation of the fight.
The Matchroom managing director’s quotes were posted on Twitter by The Athletic’s boxing writer Mike Coppinger following Canelo Alvarez’s victory over Callum Smith in Texas.
“Eddie Hearn says Tyson Fury-Anthony Joshua is verbally agreed to and contracts are being drafted for the heavyweight championship fight in May/June,” he wrote.
“Hearn says only ‘minor issues to resolve’ such as who walks last, the site, etc.
“This fight is going to happen next”
Those ‘minor issues’ are also said to concern the chosen broadcaster, venue and purse split between the two.
The much-anticipated battle between the two British boxers will see all the heavyweight belts on the line.
Fury captured the WBC title following his win over Deontay Wilder in February as well as the vacant Ring Magazine belts.
Joshua retained his WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles after beating Kubrat Pulev earlier this month.
Following his seventh round knockout of the mandatory IBF challenger, Joshua refused to be drawn on his next opponent, be it Fury or anybody else.
“I started in 2013 and have been chasing all the belts and handling all the mandatories,” he said after his Wembley win.
“Whoever has the belt I will compete with them.
“I want the fight. I want the fight next.
“I will knock him out inside three rounds.”
The two fighters still face obstacles before the fight is officially confirmed however, with Joshua reportedly having to face mandatory WBO challenger Oleksandr Usyk first.
From Fury’s side, there is still a dispute with Wilder over a possible third fight of a trilogy following a draw in the first before Fury’s triumph in the second.