Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury Sign Two-Fight Deal to Unify Division

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After months of negotiations that spilled over into the media and on social media, all major boxing media outlets have reported that Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua have signed a two fight deal to unify the heavyweight division.

Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed the signing with ESPN as he stated that the deal has been agreed to by his fighter and by Tyson Fury who is represented by Top Rank and Queensbury.

More Details About the Two-Fight Deal

All parties involved in this massive fight are hoping to complete both fights in 2021. The first fight is being targeted for June or July and the rematch is being targeted for November or December.

There will be a 50-50 purse split for the first fight. In the rematch, the winner will get a 60-40 split of the purse.

As of now, there’s not an agreed to venue for what could be the biggest fight in the sport of boxing. However, Eddie Hearn commented that there’s no shortage of countries wanting this heavyweight title bout:

“This is the biggest fight in boxing and one of the biggest sporting events in the world. It will be a major, major win for a country that wants to showcase itself. 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.”

The location of this historic heavyweight showdown could be decided based on the pandemic and how many fans are allowed in the venue. It’s doubtful that both fights will take place in the same country.

Fury Had Stopped Training Due to Frustrations Over Negotiations

A few days ago, Tyson Fury’s frustrations over not being able to secure a fight with Joshua reached a boiling point and “The Gypsy King” proclaimed that he wasn’t even training anymore:

“I’m not training anymore. I’m not training no more. Apparently, it’s done, it’s signed. We got a date, a venue. News to me. I don’t know jack. I don’t know anything. As far as I’m concerned, I’m not even training anymore. I’ve stopped training. (Trainer) Sugar Hill (Steward) has gone home. He went home in November, end of November. (Assistant trainer) Andy Lee’s gone home. I’m burnt out, ya know? I need a rest, mentally and physically and emotionally.”

Hearn acknowledged these comments by Fury and chalked them up to mind games, which he believes will be a major selling point in the buildup of this all British heavyweight fight.

Whether he has stopped training or not, the news of the deal finally being done should give Fury all the motivation he needs to ramp back up his preparations.

Fury Remains the Betting Favorite

Since the summer of 2020, Tyson Fury has been listed as the favorite with odds ranging from -175 to -220. These odds remain on par with the opening lines from last summer.

Anthony Joshua is still the underdog with odds ranging from +135 to +165. These odds also remain on par with the opening lines from last summer.

Despite the signing of a two-fight contract, there has been no movement with the betting lines as of now.

Rick Rockwell

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