An eagerly-awaited fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua has moved a step closer.
The British heavyweight duo have agreed a two-fight deal for 2021, according to promoter Eddie Hearn (Match betting – Tyson Fury 8/15, draw 25/1, Anthony Joshua 6/4).
The pair have been on a collision course for several years after both stepping up to beat the previously dominant Wladimir Klitschko.
Fury was the first to send shockwaves through the heavyweight division when, in 2015, put on a tactical masterclass to bring an end to Klitschko’s 22-fight winning streak, subsequently earning the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring titles.
Joshua followed his compatriot’s lead in 2017 to secure an 11th round TKO victory over the Ukrainian, adding the WBA and IBO belts to his collection.
A showdown between the two Brits appeared inevitable but several hurdles have seen the can kicked down the road and fans left frustrated.
However, it seems the pair could finally go toe-to-toe over two bouts in 2021.
Hearn told BBC Radio 5 Live: “We have a financial deal in place between the two of them for two fights in 2021. It doesn’t get any bigger. It’s two British world heavyweight champions fighting for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world.
“It’s the biggest fight ever in British boxing. It doesn’t get bigger, and there will never be a bigger fight in our generation.”
It’s hoped that Joshua, who currently holds the WBA, IBF and WBO belts, and WBC champion Fury will remain unbeaten in the meantime.
Fury has a third encounter with American Deontay Wilder to manoeuvre (Fury 2/7, draw 25/1, Wilder 5/2) at some point in 2020 before he can completely turn his attention to ‘AJ’.
Meanwhile, Joshua, who reclaimed his titles from Andy Ruiz Jr in their rematch in December, is set to face mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev later this year (Joshua 1/10, draw 33/1, Pulev 6/1).
Promoter Frank Warren, who represents Fury, revealed “no contracts have been signed” but admitted “the only way it could not happen is if one of the guys gets beaten”.
He added: “Everyone wants it to happen. For me, this will be the biggest sporting event in this country with these fighters – four belts on the line, two Britons fighting for the world title, both champions.
“This is just mega. I think it’ll be the biggest sporting event in this country since England won the World Cup in 1966. It’s not going to get any more competitive than this.”