British boxing heavyweights Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua have finally reached a fight agreement that includes not one, but TWO multi-million-pound fights.
Speaking recently to ESPN, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed that both camps have reached a two-fight contract agreement.
It has been reported that the first bout, which is being eyed for the summer, will see both fighters split the fight’s revenue 50-50.
However, the second of the two fights is expected to go ahead nearer to Christmas time in 2021, with the winner of the rematch taking 60% and the loser taking just 40%.
Speaking to ESPN, Hearn said: “We’d like to get a site deal confirmed in the next month.
“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.
“I actually feel we’ve done the hard part. Speaking for myself, Anthony and his team at 258 management, I know how hard we’ve worked hard these last couple of months and I just feel that this fight is so big it’s not a difficult sell. 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.”
Going on to address the magnitude of the proposed bout, Hearn said: “This is the biggest fight in boxing and one of the biggest sporting events in the world,” Hearn said. “It will be a major, major win for a country that wants to showcase itself.”
Despite Hearn’s recent revelation, it was only last week that Fury had publicly declared he is drinking as many as 12 pints a day.
Fury’s shocking claims were rumoured to be because the ‘Gypsy King’ was growing increasingly more frustrated with the lack of progress in negotiations.
Speaking about Fury’s ’12 pints-a-day’ admission, Hearn went onto say: “You never really know with Tyson.
“It could be mind games. He could be having a bad day. He could be a little p***ed off. Or he could be having a joke.
“One of the fascinations about this fight will be the buildup because they’re two totally different characters, two totally different personalities.
“The mind games will be on another level for this fight. Tyson is very good at that. Anthony is excited by that… He’s so pumped, so focused, he hasn’t stopped training since the [Kubrat] Pulev fight [in December]. He’s like a caged lion. The buildup is going to be epic.”