Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury’s world heavyweight title showdown has moved a step closer with Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn saying a two-fight deal has been signed.
The winner of the all-British bout will become the undisputed heavyweight champion.
The locations and dates are yet to be confirmed.
Joshua, 31, holds the WBA, WBO and IBF belts, while Fury, 32, has the WBC title.
“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,” Hearn told Sky Sports on Monday.
Fury said on Friday that he had stopped training because a deal was “nowhere near” being finalised.
Hearn told ESPN on Monday they are aiming to get a venue “confirmed in the next month” and that they have already had offers from “eight or nine sites” across “multiple countries in the Middle East, Asia, eastern Europe and America”.
The fight between Joshua and Fury will see all four belts contested in a heavyweight bout for the first time.