Anthony Joshua’s management team announced on Tuesday that he has accepted terms for a proposed world heavyweight title fight with Tyson Fury.
Fury, the WBC champion, made the offer to Joshua last week, saying he would be willing to offer Joshua 40% of the purse to seal the fight.
On Tuesday, Joshua’s management team, 258, announced that they had accepted Fury’s offer on behalf of Joshua and his promoter, Matchroom, and were waiting for the champion’s response.
“258 and @MatchroomBoxing can confirm, on behalf of @anthonyjoshua, that we accepted all terms presented to us by Fury’s team for a fight Dec 3rd last Friday,” they wrote on social media in a message retweeted by Joshua.
Fury made the offer for a “Battle of Britain” fight with Joshua after rival champion Oleksandr Usyk said he wouldn’t fight again until early next year.
Joshua, 32, was defeated for the second time in a row by the Ukrainian last month in Saudi Arabia and had planned a low-key comeback.
In response to Fury’s offer last week, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn expressed caution, questioning Fury’s “seriousness” about the fight.
Last month, the unbeaten Fury announced his retirement on his 34th birthday, after making several U-turns about his future in the sport.
However, in a video posted on social media last week, he appeared to confirm that he had reversed his decision once more, as he challenged Joshua to a fight.
Former champion Joshua dropped to 24-3 with his latest defeat to Usyk, who retained his WBO, IBF, and WBA belts, but a fight with Fury would pique British interest.
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