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Hearn: Fury-Joshua ‘verbally agreed’ for May/June

The gargantuan, undisputed heavyweight title clash between WBC king Tyson Fury and WBA Super, WBO and IBF title-holder Anthony Joshua is apparently close to being signed for a May or June date.

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has told The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger that the mega-fight has been ‘verbally agreed’ and contracts are currently being drawn up with only a few minor details remaining.

Yet it seems likely that the fight is headed for a location in the Middle East with the UK still gripped by the Covid-19 Pandemic, underlined by London’s latest ‘Tier 4’ lockdown. 

“Eddie Hearn says Tyson Fury-Anthony Joshua is verbally agreed to and contracts are being drafted for the heavyweight championship fight in May/June. Hearn says [there are] only ‘minor issues to resolve’ such as who walks last, the site, etc. This fight is going to happen next,” tweeted Coppinger. “I think it’s likely [the] fight heads to [the] Middle East but [the] UK [is] also in play.”

It remains to be seen if all four heavyweight title belts will be on the line with WBO No.1 Oleksandr Usyk petitioning for his shot at Joshua, meaning a ‘step aside’ agreement and financial consideration would need to be made. 

Former WBC champion Deontay Wilder is also hoping to enforce his postponed trilogy fight with Fury though ‘The Gypsy King’ and US promoters Top Rank claim the contract for that contest has expired.