Anthony Joshua appears to have hinted that his undisputed heavyweight world championship super-fight with Tyson Fury is nearing completion. The Watford-born star has shared an exciting bitesize update on his Instagram story following a meeting with his representatives 258 Management earlier this morning.
AJ, who successfully defended his WBA, WBO and IBF world titles against Kubrat Pulev in December last time out, is now ready to lock horns with British rival Fury, who holds the WBC and Ring Magazine belts.
Both fighters are now preparing to put everything on the line in the biggest fight in boxing history this summer.
All parties are believed to be working towards a date this summer, with the bout expected to take place in the Middle East.
Now Joshua has dropped a clue that an official announcement could be imminent…
“Another positive meeting with @258mgt,” he posted on his Instagram story. “They’ve informed me things are shaping up nicely.
“They will be sharing the update with Eddie and you’ll be hearing from me soon.”
Although the fight is unlikely to take place in the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement yesterday confirming Britain’s plan to ease social restrictions is likely to have some baring on arrangements.
AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn told Express Sport in an exclusive interview just under two weeks ago, that he had six weeks to deliver the fight.
“It doesn’t have to be in June, it can be in July. The fact is, we’ve got to do two this year,” Hearn said.
“July is the absolute latest but ultimately, I keep saying that we’re not going to finalise the site until the deal is signed but there are talks going on [regarding location] and it’s going to move quite quickly.
“The plan is that any press tour for this is going to be at the end of March or early April, so in that respect we’ve got six weeks to deliver a signed agreement and a site deal which is fine.
“So at the moment, no panic. Again it’s not ‘it happens in June or it doesn’t happen’ but for me, the ideal date would be June then November or December for the second fight.”
The final details of the fight contract, which includes whose name comes first and who has the home dressing room, are currently being finalised.
But following the end of Deontay Wilder’s legal dispute with Fury, this fight now has the green-light to go ahead.
Hearn and Bob Arum are still finalising the fight site, although he has conceded that talks have taken place in a number of different locations.
Meanwhile, Joe Joyce and Oleksandr Usyk are set to clash for the WBO interim title, meaning they will be in line for a world title shot next.