Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have finally signed a two-fight deal to unify the heavyweight titles, after months of stop-and-start negotiations.
ESPN reported that the two fights are expected to take place in 2021. The first will likely be in June or July, and the rematch will be in November or December. The money will be split evenly for the first fight, and the winner of that fight will take a 60 percent share for the rematch, with the loser taking 40 percent.
With the deal signed, the next step is to lock down a location for the fights. Eddie Hearn, managing director of Joshua's promoter Matchroom Sport, has no doubt they'll have their pick of choice locations.
"This is the biggest fight in boxing and one of the biggest sporting events in the world," Hearn told ESPN. "It will be a major, major win for a country that wants to showcase itself."
Fury stopped training due to delays
The negotiations for this heavyweight unification deal took months, and there was doubt that it would get done just days before the contract was signed. Fury apparently had enough doubt that on Friday he told two ESPN broadcasters that he'd stopped training for the fight and was focused on drinking as much beer as possible.
"I'm not training anymore," Fury told Alex Steedman and Barry Jones on a Top Rank broadcast on ESPN+. "I'm not training no more. I've never stopped training since December 2017, and even after these world title fights, I trained the next day. I go running 10 miles, doing things ... I'm in the gym sparring and messing around.