Frank Warren responds to claim Fury & Joshua have reached fight agreement

Frank Warren has dismissed Eddie Hearn’s claim Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have agreed terms for a two-fight deal.

Joshua’s promoter announced ‘initial terms’ had been reached between both camps and he was confident the undisputed unification fight would go ahead.

Fury holds the lineal, WBC and Ring magazine heavyweight titles, while Joshua owns the IBF, WBA (Super) and WBO belts.

Hearn sent boxing fans wild with the claim an agreement had been reached, but Warren clarified no venue or date had been discussed.

‘There is nothing signed and nothing new agreed. We all know it’s going to be a two-fight deal if it happens, we’ve talked about that already. But that’s it! There’s nothing else,’ Warren told Metro.co.uk.

‘It’s a 50/50 deal and a rematch included. That’s been agreed all the way through, from the very start – that’s common sense.

‘Everyone agrees that’s what it’s got to be. But the rest of it? Nothing is agreed. There’s no venue or date or anything. Eddie is just being a talking head. He’s talking about Dillian Whyte?

‘Pick up the phone to Shelly Finkel (Deontay Wilder’s co-manager) and ask him if it’s a done deal. Tyson’s got a contract to fight someone else, so does AJ. Eddie just can’t help himself. We all know the basic terms of the deal.’

‘There’s no new information there at all,’ Warren added. ‘My reaction those comments is fantastic, we already knew principle of the deal. We know it’s a 50/50 deal.

‘We know it’ll be a two-fight package, but there’s been no offers made from anywhere – despite signing an NDA with one country. We’ve had no offers from anywhere.’

Joshua is contracted to fight Kubrat Pulev next, while Fury is obligated to face Wilder in their trilogy bout.

Hearn, however, thinks the unification clash will happen in 2021 and dished on talks between the heavyweights’ camps.

‘We’re making great progress,’ Hearn told Sky Sports News. ‘There is still a lot to overcome. We are looking at venues and dates.

‘We have the Dillian Whyte mandatory which is due before this fight.

‘It’s fair to say [Joshua and Fury] are in agreement regarding the financial terms of the fight.

‘We’ve been talking to [Fury’s management team] MTK, giving them the assurances from Joshua’s side that all the details on the structure of the deal is approved from our side. And it is from Fury’s side, as well.

‘We’re in a good place. It’s fair to say that, in principle, both guys have agreed to that fight. Two fights.

‘A lot to overcome in the meantime. We’re moving in the right direction. I’m confident that both guys have giving their blessing for the fight to go ahead.’

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