Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn said a deal for the world heavyweight champion to face Tyson Fury in an undisputed world heavyweight title fight this year is nearing completion, with a spot in the Middle East. as a favorite to host it.
Joshua beat Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev last month to retain his IBF, WBO and WBA titles to create the possibility of a delightful clash with fellow British WBC belt-holder Fury.
“The deal is done, really, unsigned,” Hearn told the Times.
“The financial elements of the deal are done. We are talking about the broadcast situation, the only thing really now is to put it on paper.
“And when a deal like that is printed, it goes back and forth 15 times before every letter in the document is approved.”
Fury hasn’t fought since he beat American Deontay Wilder in his rematch in Las Vegas in February to claim the WBC crown.
Hearn said Joshua and Fury would meet in two fights, the first likely to be in the Middle East later this year, and he hoped to bring the rematch to Britain.
“The Middle East will be aggressive and lead in this. To organize this fight, you need significant government support. You need someone who is putting this fight together as a statement for their country, ”Hearn added.