It’s the fight every boxing fan wants to see – but there is still no official confirmation for when Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua will take place.
Joshua produced a brilliant knockout win to end 2020 as WBA, IBF and WBO champion by beating Kubrat Pulev at Wembley Arena.
AJ welcomed a fight with Fury in the aftermath of his superb victory and the first part of the year has seen much speculation about when it might take place.
The Gypsy King, who claimed his own incredible win in 2020 against Deontay Wilder to take the WBC strap, is now ready to take on his British rival in 2021.
Contracts have been signed for the undisputed clash, but a site deal still must be agreed and big questions remain over the details of the historic match-up…
Fury vs Joshua: When could it happen?
Fury and Joshua have agreed a two-fight deal but details over the date and location have not been confirmed yet.
All the talk from both camps has been aiming at late July or early August with the rematch then coming around mid-December or in early 2022.
talkSPORT understands that Saudi Arabia on Saturday, August 14 is the frontrunner with all parties involved now reviewing the paperwork.
The financial terms state that the first bout will be a 50/50 purse split, while the rematch will be a 60/40 split in favour of whomever wins the first.
The fight will be to unify the WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO heavyweight world titles and is set to be the biggest in British boxing history.
Fury vs Joshua: What has been said?
There has been plenty of talk from the people who are not directly involved but Eddie Hearn, the man at the centre of it all, remains confident of making the mega-fight.
He said in April after a face-to-face meeting with Fury: “There are lots of characters involved – some are not so involved but still have comments to make.
“You see interviews from various people, and I had started to doubt that Fury wanted the fight. I felt that he did.
“When we met up, he made me feel that he wants this fight. ‘Let’s get this done. It’s the only fight that I want’.
“He’s bang up for this fight, and so is Joshua.
“People doubted we would achieve the site fee. We have achieved that.
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“Now we have to make sure the fighters are happy with the contractual position from the site, which is straightforward and is something we’ve done before.
“It is one of the biggest sporting events of the year.
“We’re in a strong position. Both fighters have signed the contract to fight. Both fighters have agreed to an offer from a site.”
Meanwhile, Joshua appeared on ITV’s Jonathan Ross Show on Saturday, April 18 and confirmed he has committed himself to the fight.
He said: “I’ve signed my side of the deal. We’ve sent him [Tyson] a good offer, one I’m sure he won’t refuse.
“He wants the fight, no doubt about it, so do I and more than me and him, the whole public want it.
“I put my crystal ball out there and I say it’s going to happen this year one hundred per cent. I’m pretty sure it’ll be this year. End of July, early August.
“Where? That’s what’s the delay, because of this pandemic. We want to have people coming to the venue. It’s just finding the right location. For me, Wembley would be ideal.”
Fury’s US co-promoter Bob Arum has said a deal is ‘dead in the water’ but many believe this was a tactic to put more pressure on Hearn.
He said: “It is not just a site fee, there are ancillary demands from the Saudis stretching into the broadcast deals and other things, it could take months for it all to play out.
“It could even take until 2022 the way it looks right now.
“The fight in July or August is dead in the water as far as we are concerned.
“The two fighters need to go and have other fights this summer while the negotiations for that fight in the Middle East conclude.”
Now, Fury’s UK co-promoter Frank Warren and Hearn have given a positive update – explaining that they’ve received the long-form agreement from the Saudis.
Warren told SecondsOut: “Yeah, we’ve had something come through from the other side – a contract which we’re all reviewing.
“A proposal I should say, a proposed contract which we’re reviewing.
“Obviously we’ll look at it and hopefully we can agree terms, that’s what we all want.
“We’re working hard, everybody’s working hard to get this on and fingers crossed we will get it over the line.”
Hearn added to iFL TV: “Frank said they’ve now received the contract and they’re reviewing it, true story.
“We got the contract through last night from the Middle East.
“Obviously they’ve gotta have a look at it and so have we. We’re in a great position.”