Eddie Hearn, promoter for WBO, IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, is hoping to have a signed deal in two weeks time for a unification with WBC champion Tyson Fury.
The two sides are in serious negotiations to finalize a two-fight series, with a mutual goal of staging the first bout on a date in May or June.
Earlier this week, Hearn sent over the first draft of the fight contract to Top Rank’s CEO Bob Arum, who co-promotes Fury.
“The first draft of the contract has now gone out to Bob Arum, which is obviously a good thing. The contract reflects the positive nature of the discussions we have had so far around this fight. ‘We now await their comments before we all move on to agreeing a location,” Hearn told Daily Mail.
“We hope to have something signed within the next two weeks.”
The first contest is very unlikely to take place in the UK – with several overseas locations expressing big interest in hosting the event.
Arum expects a lot of money to get paid out by the location that eventually secures Fury-Joshua.
“There will be a substantial site fee, if it’s done outside of the UK and US,” Arum told the 3KnockdownRule podcast.
“It will probably be the biggest money fight in heavyweight boxing history. There’s all professionals working on it – and it’ll be massive. You can’t count your chickens before they hatch, but I am optimistic of how well this fight will do, both from the site standpoint and the pay-per-view standpoint. Particularly in the UK, where we think we’ll do over two million homes.”
Joshua was in action back in December, when he knocked out mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in nine rounds.
For his part, Fury saw action in February 2020, when he stopped Deontay Wilder in seven rounds to capture the WBC title.