Tyson Fury’s co-promoter Frank Warren is confident that the biggest heavyweight boxing match in a generation could be just a few short months away from reality.
Speaking to ESPN, Warren confirmed that discussions with Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn have begun with regard to a fight which would unify the major titles in the heavyweight division.
“We will see it this year, we are at a stage where we are not far off getting it done and announcing it,” Warren said, adding that it is highly unlikely that the fight would take place in the United Kingdom due to Coronavirus concerns.
“There’s a will to make it work,” Warren explained. “No contracts have been exchanged, we are looking at getting a draft. There are a few venues but nothing concrete at the moment. I very much doubt it will be in the UK because of COVID, and it will be a two-fight contract.
“The Deontay Wilder arbitration hasn’t been resolved and we feel comfortable in our position. The TV is being worked on and it will be resolved. Usyk and Joe Joyce will fight for the WBO interim title, the winner of Fury-Joshua will eventually have to fight the winner of that fight [Usyk-Joyce].”
The fight is thought to be the biggest possible bout to make between active boxers today, with Warren forecasting a sizeable pay-per-view audiences as the sport’s two most dynamic heavyweights thrown down for all the marbles.
“It’s the biggest event by far I have been involved in,” Warren said. “It’s two Brits fighting for all four heavyweight belts, the first time in history that will happen. We did Frank Bruno-Mike Tyson in the US which was big, big pay per view numbers, but I think this will eclipse it even without 90,000 at Wembley because there will be a big site fee.”
There is as of yet no concrete indication as to where the fight might take place but Saudi Arabia thought to be among the top contenders to be the host nation.