A fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua has been signed to unify the heavyweight division for the first time in 20 years.
Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn believes that having the two parties put pen to paper is a significant achievement for the sport.
“The hard part is always getting everybody to put pen to paper. But this was a major effort from all parties to get this over the line. You had rival promoters, rival networks and rival fighters,” Hearn said to ESPN.
It is likely that the fight will be arranged for a date when spectators will be allowed to attend without any COVID-19 restrictions.
Negotiations have taken a long time but the two fighters have been set to face each other in the ring for some time and a deal has now finally been done to put the WBC, WBO, WBA and IBF belts on the line.
Hearn confirmed the news to Sky Sports and said that, “all parties have now put pen to paper and we will be working hard over the next few weeks to confirm the site and date for the biggest fight in boxing.”
Joshua goes into the fight off the back of a round nine KO defeat over Kubrat Pulev whilst Fury goes into this bout after knocking Deontay Wilder out in round seven.