Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua Agree to 2-Fight Contract to Unify Heavyweight Titles

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 15, 2021

Tyson Fury, of England, celebrates during a WBC heavyweight championship boxing match against Deontay Wilder Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
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After much speculation, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua have reportedly agreed to terms on a two-fight contract to unify boxing's heavyweight championships.

Per ESPN's Mark Kriegel, Fury and Joshua have signed the deal, but dates for both bouts have yet to be determined.

Eddie Hearn, Joshua's promoter, told Kriegel he is hoping to finalize a venue soon.

"We'd like to get a site deal confirmed in the next month," Hearn said. "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."

Fury told ESPN's Brett Okamoto in February that his camp was still speaking with Joshua's representatives, but he didn't sound optimistic that a deal would come together soon:

"They've had a full year to try to make this fight happen. Since the last Wilder fight, even before the Wilder fight, they were talking about a fight potentially between me and Joshua. They've had a full year to make something happen, and it hasn't happened as of yet. It is what it is. We're no further forward today than we were a year ago."

In that same interview, Fury said he's planning to fight twice in 2021.

Kriegel noted the first fight could come in June or July, with the rematch taking place in November or December. He added that the "smart money" for a host site is on the Middle East because of Hearn's previous agreement with Saudi Arabia for Joshua's rematch against Andy Ruiz Jr., which took place in December 2019.

Fury (30-0-1, 21 knockouts) won the WBC and The Ring heavyweight titles with a TKO win over Deontay Wilder in February 2020.

Joshua (24-1, 22 knockouts) regained the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles and avenged the only loss of his career by defeating Ruiz in December 2019. AJ retained his championships with a ninth-round knockout of Kubrat Pulev on Dec. 12.