MTI reports that the two British world champions, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, will play in Saudi Arabia on August 14 in order to claim the World Cup in professional heavyweight title, a date that has long been in doubt.
|Fury (left) and Joshua agreed to two matches (Photo: AFP Montage)|
World Cup winning boxers from all important organizations may be held at the new stadium to be built for the occasion, but it is not yet known in which Saudi city. News surfaced in mid-March that Fury and Joshua’s management had signed a two-game deal. The rematch could take place in December, possibly early 2022.
Fury, 32, sits at the WBC, and Joshua, 31, sits on the throne of the “King Class” in the International Boxing Association, the World Boxing Association and the International Boxing Federation. The former has had 30 wins and one draw in his professional career, while the latter has 24 wins and one defeat on his balance sheet. Negotiations for the title match began in May last year, and English press reports say the boxers can expect a performance award of at least £100m per person. The proceeds of the first fight will be shared by the parties in half, while the rematch of the match will be 60:40 percent in favor of the winner of the first match.
Fury had his last match so far this past February when he defeated American Deontay Wilder with a KO, and won the WBC belt. Joshua last climbed to the ropes on December 12 and won a brisk match against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev.