Arum: Fury-Joshua should be signed in two weeks

The mega-fight between rival heavyweight champions Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua should be signed and sealed within the fortnight, according to the Gypsy King’s US promoter Bob Arum.

With the second wave of the Covid-19 Pandemic still raging in the UK, the bout is almost certain to take place overseas though contracts can still be signed without a site locked in. Currently, America, China, Dubai, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Singapore are among the frontrunners to stage the clash in May.

Arum is naturally confident his man will emerge victorious when the two heavyweight behemoths eventually joust in the ring.

“I don’t want to make a deadline, but I just can report that everything so far has been going splendidly, and we hope to have a signed document within the next couple of weeks,” Arum told Sky Sports News.

“That might not provide for a site because, again, we can have a document that the fighters would have signed and then have a mutual agreement clause of the site.

“We’re all on the same page, as far as I can see. I’m 95 per cent confident the fight happens and I’m 100 per cent confident that my guy wins, and wins by knockout.”

Intriguingly, the Fury-Joshua undercard could feature other fighters from Arum’s Top Rank stable meeting boxers from Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom organisation.

“We talked about the undercard and Eddie made a really good suggestion – that we have Matchroom fighters against fighters from our side,” added Arum. “That would be pretty good. It would be interesting.”

WBC king Fury and WBA Super, WBO and IBF champion Joshua last year agreed in principle to meet twice in 2021. Since Joshua KOed mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in December, feverish negotiations have taken place to make the first bout between the heavyweight titans a reality.