Anthony Joshua has agreed to challenge WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury on December 3, with the fight expected to take place at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
Joshua’s management company 258 further said in a post Twitter: “258 and Matchroom Boxing can confirm on behalf of Anthony Joshua that we have accepted all terms presented to us by Fury’s team for a fight on December 3rd last Friday.
“Due to the Queen’s death, it has been agreed that all communications will cease. We are waiting for an answer.”
Former WBA-IBF-WBO heavyweight champion Joshua was outpointed for the second straight year by Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk on August 20 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. But despite back-to-back defeats, he was offered another title shot by Fury.
Joshua has accepted a 40-60% deal but negotiations have been put on hold due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II last Thursday.
Joshua Fury update:
Due to the Queen’s death, it was agreed to cease all communications.
We are waiting for an answer.
— 258MGT (@258MGT) September 13, 2022
Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) was originally hoping to fight again closer to Christmas – December 17 – but Fury (32-0-1, 23 KOs) said the deal was dependent on either winning on December 26 or December 27 To fight on November 26th or on December 26th . 3.
Principality Stadium, where Joshua successfully unified the world heavyweight titles in 2018 with a points win over Joseph Parker, could potentially seat around 75,000 spectators for Fury vs. Joshua.
After Usyk announced he won’t be fighting again in 2022 due to injury, Fury switched targets for his next fight and offered Joshua the opportunity to challenge him via social media.
When Fury and Joshua verbally agreed to fight each other in 2020 before both chasing different opponents (Fury fought Deontay Wilder, Joshua against Usyk), it was claimed the all-English encounter was worth £200m.
Fury has made two WBC title defenses in his second reign as champion and last fought in April when he stopped England rival Dillian Whyte in six rounds.
https://www.espn.com/boxing/story/_/id/34583322/anthony-joshua-accepts-terms-tyson-fury-fight-dec-3 Anthony Joshua accepts terms for Tyson Fury fight on Dec. 3