After much wait and deliberation Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury sign a contract for a two fight heavyweight unification
Boxing fans have waited for over a year for a heavyweight unification bout between Anthony (AJ) Joshua and Tyson Fury. The two heavyweight champions have signed a tentative agreement for a two-fight deal which has come after many months of deliberation.
Eddie Hearn, AJ’s promoter, spoke to Sky Sports: “All parties have now put pen to paper, and we will be working hard over the next few weeks to confirm the site and date for the biggest fight in boxing.”
There are multiple locations that are being considered and speculated upon, which would allow the fight to go ahead in a safe and satisfactory manner during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The two fighters both seem to be ready for the fight to happen. AJ is ready for the fight, no matter the location.
“Any option. Home turf, Middle East, my back garden, your back garden. I don’t mind where it is. The pandemic is getting close to things being normal. We’re working on a date for around June,” he said. “So if Tyson is serious, which I think he is, he’ll know where to come and find the boss! I’m ready. I’m really looking forward to competition - all I want to do is fight, fight, fight!”
Fury seems to be employing his trademark mind games ahead of the fight. In an interview with iFL TV, he’s claiming that his training camp is over and that he’s gotten fed up with the long negotiations.
“I’ve stopped training now, I’m on holiday. I’m doing anywhere between eight and ten to twelve pints of lager a day at the minute. Not eating, though, so I’m getting my calories in through alcohol.” Fury added, “I’ve done training, training, training with no further process, so it’s one of the things where at the minute I’m doing nothing.”
“Until I’ve got a date, a fight, and a hell of a load of money in my pocket, there’s no fight.”
Despite Fury’s claims, it’s more than likely that this is simply him trying to get a rise out of people and that he is taking this fight very seriously as he has a wide and varied history of gags during interviews and press conferences. Fury has previously attended press conferences dressed up in a batman costume.
Despite the differences in outlook from the two heavyweights, it is bound to be a momentous occasion for British boxing as this will be the first time that there will be an undisputed heavyweight since the reign of Lennox Lewis.