Joshua vs Fury edges closer as British bout could ‘shatter’ PPV record

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Tyson Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has predicted that his fight against Anthony Joshua will “shatter” pay-per-view records after revealing the paperwork is close to being finalised. The WBC heavyweight champion is set to defend his title against Joshua in one of British boxing’s most highly-anticipated fights in years. AJ has now been sent the contract by Fury’s team with the fight moving closer.

The pair are set to face each other on December 3 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales with all personal terms being agreed upon by both parties. Fury was originally supposed to face Oleksandr Usyk next in the first undisputed heavyweight unification clash of the four-belt era.

However, negotiations broke down when the Ukrainian ruled himself out of competition until early 2023. Keen to fight at the back end of the year, Fury called out Joshua for an all-British showdown for his WBC belt. Fury’s camp first proposed that the fight took place on November 12 at Old Trafford, but it has been agreed the pair will throw down in Cardiff.

Fury will receive a 60-40 split of the purse with a 50-50 split for the rematch if AJ wins. And Warren is expecting the bout — dubbed the ‘Battle of Britain’ — to go down in history with viewing figures expected to smash the current record set when Floyd Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao in 2015, with 4.6million paying viewers generating $410million in revenue.

“This will be one of the biggest fights in British boxing history if not the biggest,” he wrote in his Daily Star column. “For years we’ve wanted this to happen and we were close before but now seems to be the time it will finally happen. What a treat for British fight fans that it will take place on these shores, too.

“They deserve it for supporting Tyson — and Joshua for that matter — for years and we hope once it is all signed and sealed as many as possible can get their hands on tickets. It will shatter all pay-per-view records and will be one of the sporting occasions of the year.”

All that is left to finalise now is the agreement between the two parties is for the contracts to be signed. The promoter also reiterated several times that Fury and his camp are “on board” with fighting Joshua and Warren revealed that Joshua’s team are now in possession of the contracts after they arrived on Friday morning.

“All our side is on board for this fight. Tyson Fury is eager for it as he showed last week by calling out his fellow Brit,” he added. “Since the passing of the Queen, Tyson has been respectful and kept his counsel while we work on the deal behind the scenes. The next step was sending over the contracts which we promised Joshua would arrive soon.

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“I don’t anticipate there will be any problems. We all want this fight to happen. There is a will on both sides to make sure it does which is great.

However, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has been somewhat less certain in committing to the fixture, revealing he has a ‘Plan B’ in place should the proposed fight fall through between Fury and Joshua.

“The good news is you could sell it out the night before, but also it’s a huge fight. My biggest concern is – and what I won’t allow to happen – I’m not having AJ not fighting in December because we made that decision for him to fight in December,” Hearn said.

“I’m working on December 17 as well while we go because I can’t put AJ’s future in the hands of Tyson Fury. Whilst we will be as positive as we can, as helpful as we, I need to have Plan B up my sleeve because this might not happen.”

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