ANTHONY JOSHUA versus Tyson Fury will happen this year after Eddie Hearn confirmed they had finally signed their contracts.
The star duo have been locked in talks to face-off in an all-British heavyweight unification showdown this summer.
The Sun reports that Fury, 32, recently vented his frustration at the contracts not being signed – admitting he has stopped eating and training while drinking up to 12 pints of beer per day, putting his blockbuster bout with AJ in serious jeopardy.
But now the fight has finally been confirmed with Joshua, 31, and Fury going toe-to-toe twice later this year in a deal worth a staggering £200million.
Hearn – Joshua’s promoter – confirmed the good news saying the ‘hard part’ is now over and done with.
Hearn told ESPN: “We’d like to get a site deal confirmed in the next month.
“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.
“I actually feel we’ve done the hard part.”
Hearn continued by confirming ‘multiple countries’ – including Saudi Arabia and America – are keen to host the monster showdown.
The promoter claimed: “Speaking for myself, Anthony and his team at 258 management, I know how hard we’ve worked hard these last couple of months.
“I just feel that this fight is so big it’s not a difficult sell.
“We’ve already had approaches from eight or nine sites.
“The offers have come from multiple countries in the Middle East, from Asia, Eastern Europe and America.
“This is the biggest fight in boxing and one of the biggest sporting events in the world.
“It will be a major, major win for a country that wants to showcase itself.”
The fight purse split was agreed as long ago as June 2020.