A boxing bout many didn’t see happening for quite some time will now be getting a contract signed this week for it.
Per the team of the former heavyweight king, Anthony Joshua has “accepted all terms” to fight Tyson Fury in December, his team have confirmed.
Following Joshua’s second straight decision defeat to Oleksandr Usyk last month, a result that saw the Brit fail to regain the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles from the Ukrainian, an all-British clash between Joshua and Fury looked to have slipped away for good.
However, last week, the WBC heavyweight champion Fury offered the 32-year-old Joshua a shot at his belt with Joshua agreeing to a 60-40 purse split in his opponent’s favor as talks advanced throughout the week.
Negotiations have been placed on hold following the Queen’s death with Joshua’s camp awaiting a response from his rival.
A statement from his management company on Tuesday read: “258 and Matchroom Boxing can confirm, on behalf of @anthonyjoshua, that we accepted all terms presented to us by Fury’s team for a fight Dec 3rd last Friday. Due to the Queen’s passing, it was agreed to halt all communication. We are awaiting a response.”
Fury last fought in April, knocking out Dillian Whyte at London’s Wembley Stadium to retain the WBC heavyweight title. Fury then contemplated being retired over the following months before informing the WBC in August that he intends to continue boxing.