Tyson Fury: We’re Nowhere Near A Fight With Anthony Joshua

While Eddie Hearn has revealed that Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua have signed on for a two-fight agreement, we may not be close to seeing the first bout.

Fury and Joshua have long been in negotiations to make a heavyweight title unification bout official. Fury holds the WBC and The Ring gold, while Joshua is the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO Champion.

Hearn, of Matchroom Boxing, told ESPN’s Mark Kriegel that both men have signed on the dotted line. A report from Mike Coppinger of The Athletic may have people thinking twice about jumping for joy.

Coppinger reports that a bout will not be taking place until the promotion is locked in with a Middle East site deal that’ll generate over $100 million.

“Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua signed contracts for a heavyweight title tilt, but don’t celebrate just yet. This fight isn’t moving forward until a Middle East site deal is secured that would bring in $100M-plus, per sources, and it remains a big obstacle.”

Fury chimed in on the state of the fight and says things are still far out.

“Until I’ve got a date, a fight, and a hell of a load of money in my pocket, there’s no fight. Nothing’s actually on until you’re actually in the ring. We’re nowhere near that at the moment.”

Fury vs. Joshua is considered to be the most highly-anticipated boxing match. As mentioned, the winner will become the undisputed heavyweight champion. While it would’ve been a no-brainer to have the first fight take place in England, COVID-19 has derailed any chance of that happening.

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