Fury and Joshua agree two-fight deal to unify heavyweight belts: ESPN
(Reuters) – Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua have actually signed a two-fight offer to combine the IBF, WBO, WBA and WBC heavyweight titles, ESPN reported on Monday mentioning boxing promoter Eddie Hearn.
Joshua beat Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in December to keep his IBF, WBO and WBA titles and established the possibility of a savory clash with fellow Briton Fury, the WBC belt holder.
“We’d like to get a site deal confirmed in the next month,” Hearn, handling director of Matchroom Sport, Joshua’s promoter, was priced estimate as stating, including that deals had actually can be found in from “eight or nine sites.
“The tough part is constantly getting everyone to put pen to paper. However this was a significant effort from all celebrations to get this over the line. You had competing promoters, competing networks and competing fighters.”
Matchroom did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
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.
“Leading Rank needs to offer me 2 battles this year. I will combat 2 times on (Leading Rank network partner) ESPN,” he stated.
ESPN reported that both battles are set to occur in 2021 with the very first in June or July followed by the rematch in November or December.
The agreement would have the fighters getting a 50-50 split in the very first bout and a 60-40 split in the rematch where the winner would get the greater share.
(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Modifying by Toby Chopra and Ken Ferris)
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.