Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua have signed a two-fight deal to unify the IBF, WBO, WBA and WBC heavyweight titles.
- Both fights will take place this year
- Proceeds for the first fight will be a 50-50 split, while the victor in the rematch will take a 60-40 cut
- The only major belt Anthony Joshua doesn’t hold is the WBC belt
Joshua beat Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in December to retain his IBF, WBO and WBA titles and set up the prospect of a mouth-watering clash with fellow Briton Fury, the WBC belt holder.
“We’d like to get a site deal confirmed in the next month,” Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, was quoted by ESPN as saying, adding that offers had come in from “eight or nine” possible venues.
“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.”
Fury, 32, has not fought for over a year since his knockout win against American Deontay Wilder, but said last month he would fight twice this year.
“[Fight promoter] Top Rank has to give me two fights this year. I will fight two times on (Top Rank network partner) ESPN,” he said.
ESPN reported that both fights were set to take place this this year, with the first in June or July followed by the rematch in November or December.
The contract would have the fighters getting a 50-50 split in the first bout and a 60-40 split in favour of the winner in the rematch.