After what seems months of speculation, the good news from the boxing world is the Fury vs Joshua fight is on.
The fight of the century will defiantly go ahead with both boxers agreeing terms on the biggest Boxing deal in history.
£400million is the money involved, with Saudi Arabia the controversial front runner for the fight.
Two fight deal happening between Joshua and Fury
The two-fight deal will unify the world heavyweight titles and crown an undisputed champion. Both fights are likely to take place in June or July and November and December of this year.
It is understood the deal is worth a massive £200 million per fight, with sites to be finalised within 30 days.
Promoter Eddie Hearn announced the deal on Monday which took Fury’s camp by surprise. In fact, Fury recently said “it was nowhere near”.
In recent weeks, Hearn has talked about Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, China as potential host locations. L0ondon and Las Vegas have also been mentioned. The prospect of holding the fight in London is slim after concerns around the Government’s roadmap to easing lockdown fully.
The controversial location of Saudi Arabia, accused by Amnesty International of “sportswashing” following human rights abuses, is a possibility.
The winner of these eagerly awaited fights will be the first undisputed world heavyweight champion since Britain’s Lennox Lewis in 2000.
Joshua will be the slight underdog
Joshua will go into the fights as a slight underdog. The likeable boxer has lost just once in his previous 25 fights. Fury is unbeaten in his 31 professional fights.
32-year-old Fury has not fought for over a year since his knockout win against American Deontay Wilder.
Both fighters will receive a 50-50 split for the first bought with a 60-40 split for the rematch, with the winner getting the higher share.
Both boxers are in the prime of their careers, but their boxing styles are different. Fury can read opponents punches, making him very dangerous. Joshua, has developed with every fight, despite doubts about the strength of his chin, his finishing can’t be questioned.
In Joshua’s last two fights there has been signs he has developed a new style. His hands are noticeably higher and his jab more effective. Joshua also has faster hand speed than Fury.
What will certainly happen come June or July will be a contest with a huge amount of skill and nerve. Bring it on.