ANTHONY JOSHUA and Tyson Fury WILL fight – after agreeing terms on a sensational two-fight deal, according to Eddie Hearn.
AJ’s promoter has revealed progress has been made ahead of a potential all-British heavyweight unification showdown.
Joshua, 30, is first set to fight Kubrat Pulev, with Fury taking on Deontay Wilder in the third fight of their trilogy.
But, should the pair both win, they will finally go toe-to-toe in the ring to be crowned undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
Speaking about a potential showdown between Joshua and Fury, 31, Hearn told Sky Sports News: “We’re making great progress.
“There is still a lot to overcome. We are looking at venues and dates.
“We have the Dillian Whyte mandatory which is due before this fight.
“It’s fair to say [Joshua and Fury] are in agreement regarding the financial terms of the fight.”
Hearn continued: “We’ve been talking to [Fury’s management team] MTK, giving them the assurances from Joshua’s side that all the details on the structure of the deal is approved from our side.
“And it is from Fury’s side, as well.
“We’re in a good place. It’s fair to say that, in principle, both guys have agreed to that fight. Two fights.
“There’s lot to overcome in the meantime. We’re moving in the right direction.
“I’m confident that both guys have giving their blessing for the fight to go ahead.”
Hearn added: “The point of Fury, Joshua and the teams agreeing to the structure of the deal? The first fight could happen next summer. It will be 2021.
“There is a big period of time where Whyte should get his shot at the title. That’s important to us.
“The main positive news is that Joshua and Fury have agreed to a two-fight deal, in essence.
“The most difficult part of any deal is the financial element. I believe we’re in a great place where both guys have agreed to what that should be.
“We have not signed contracts because there are still things to be worked out.
“We’re pushing towards a place where they can be drafted, for 2021.
“Both guys are in agreement. The structure of the deal has been put forward, and agreed to by both parties.”
In February, Fury snatched the WBC belt from Wilder after he beat him in their rematch – while Joshua won his December rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr to clinch the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO titles.
Both fighters are set to first defend their crowns, but after that the deal appears to be in place for the monumental all-British showdown.