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Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury on verge of £200m agreement but two minor points remain

Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury’s heavyweight unification bout is to be announced in the coming weeks, according to Eddie Hearn. The mega-fight, which should include a rematch, is still in the negotation stage, but is edging closer to becoming a reality.

Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury are understood to be on the verge of agreeing a £200m mega-fight deal, but there are still some creases to iron out.

Joshua and Fury are set to go toe-to-toe this year in the biggest bout in British boxing history.

According to the Daily Mail, a first draft of the fight contract was exchanged around two weeks ago.

And the main issues lie around whose name will appear first on the billing and the order of the ring walks.

The location has also not yet been finalised, but is expected to take place in the Middle East with a possible return to Saudi Arabia a possibility, or the UAE where several UFC events have been held during the pandemic.

The unification bout will be a 50-50 split between Fury and Joshua, despite the latter holding four belts to Fury’s one.

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn provided an update on where talks currently lie, revealing that an official announcement was not far off.

Hearn told iFL TV: “Bob phoned me two nights ago, ‘Eddie, I think you should stop talking about Fury vs Joshua.

“I said, ‘What do you mean?’

“And he went, ‘Well, because you’re talking and then Frank [Warren]’s gonna wanna talk and I’m gonna wanna say something. Let’s just go quiet until we sign the deal and all announce it together.’

“I said, ‘Alright Bob.’ Bob phones me up and tells me what to do! I respect Bob, I don’t have to listen to Bob, but I respect Bob.

“I listen, I digest the information – or the instruction sometimes – and decide what I’m gonna do. And I agree.

“To be honest with you I don’t really wanna talk about the fight because I keep saying the same thing, don’t I? Two weeks, hopefully it’ll be done.

“I don’t wanna bore people, but I said to Bob, ‘I’m getting asked about it 20 times a day in interviews, what do you want me to say?’

“So what I’ll tell you – and I don’t think we should go too deep into it – is we’ve sent the contract, we’ve had minor requests for changes which all seem a reasonable discussion.

“And hopefully it shouldn’t be too long to go before an official announcement. Still some work to go, but we’re close.”

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