The biggest unification title fights in boxing history will take place next year as WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO champion Anthony Joshua has agreed to a two-fight deal against WBC champion Tyson Fury next year. The good news for fight fans is that we have agreed to do the two fights and we can now go and dot the I's and cross the T's.
Heavyweight World Champions Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua will fight each other in 2021.
But even discounting the fight against Wilder, Fury still has to deal with mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte, who is supposed to be due for a title fight in 2021.
However, he acknowledged that there is "still a lot to overcome" as both boxers have bouts lined-up first.
Talks over an historic bout for the undisputed title began in early May. One problem: I've just got to smash Deontay Wilder's face right in, in my next fight, and then we go right into the Joshua fight next year.
"It's the biggest fight ever in British boxing".
Fair to say, then, that Fury's United Kingdom promoter does not share Hearn's view that there is news to report.
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He also said defeat for either man "would have a serious impact" on a Joshua-Fury showdown. We are moving in the right direction.
"The hardest part is to agree financial element of the deal".
This would be the first time that Wilder fought outside of US soil since 2013, when he fought Brit Audley Harrison to a TKO victory. The first fight could happen next summer.
He added: "We have not signed contracts because there are still things to be worked out".
The heavyweights were working towards a third fight for July in Las Vegas, but the global coronavirus pandemic forced those plans to be scrapped and now they're fielding offers from countries eager to host the bout. In short, 2021's could be a very prosperous year for both parties.
"It doesn't get bigger, and there will never be a bigger fight in our generation", Hearn said.
Both Queensberry and Top Rank, as Tyson's exclusive promoters, and MTK Global, his management team, agreed that this would be the best way forward due to the existing relationship between Eddie and Daniel. "Obviously, there are still a number of obstacles to overcome in terms of the venue, in terms of a couple of broadcast details and of course both guys have a fight in between". Big shoutout Dan. He got this done.