Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have signed a deal for two world heavyweight boxing title unification fights, according to Eddie Hearn, managing director at Matchroom Boxing.
Confirming that a deal had been agreed for the much anticipated fight, 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.
“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.”
Joshua's WBA, IBF, and WBO titles and Fury's WBC belt will on the line in "the biggest fight in boxing" Hearn told Sky Sports.
According to reports, the deal is said to be a 50-50 split in the first fight, with the winner taking a 60 per cent share in the rematch.
A deal for bout appeared a long way off after Fury stated in an interview on IFL TV just days ago that an agreement wasn't close to being made.
“Until I’ve got a date and a load of money in my pocket, there’s no fight," Fury said. "There’s a lot of things going on that people don’t know behind the scenes that can scupper a fight like that. We’re nowhere near at the moment.
"I’ve stopped training now, I’m on holiday. I’m doing anything between eight to ten to 12 pints of lager a day at the minute – I’m not eating though, so I’m just getting my calories through alcohol."
Author: Jake Wilkin