By Cameron Temple
While Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua are working hard in the gym, time is running out for the pair to get a deal signed for a fight.
Speaking on talkSPORT Breakfast, Fight Night host Gareth A Davies, said that he had a conversation with Fury’s training partner, Joseph Parker, who revealed the WBC champion is already in camp for a potential ‘Battle of Britain’ with Joshua.
“What we did hear from Joseph Parker is that Tyson Fury is in camp now and actually training hard,” Davies told talkSPORT.
“Even though we haven’t had that announcement yet on whether that final deal on the fight with Joshua has been signed for December 3 in Cardiff.
“I’m sceptical about it at this stage I’m afraid,” Davies added. “They need to get that fight over the line soon, because we’re only a couple of months away.”
In contrast, Davies’ Fight Night co-host on talkSPORT, Adam Catterall, revealed he is 90 percent confident the fight will go ahead, although there are still a few potential stumbling blocks.
It has been made clear from both camps that a 60/40 split in favour of Fury has been agreed, with that split moving to 50/50 in the rematch should Joshua win the first fight.
Even the date has been agreed, despite Joshua wanting to fight on December 17, he has accepted Fury’s terms for the fight to take place on December 3.
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With that being said, as Davies mentions, time is of the essence, as the proposed date is less than 12 weeks away, which is the length of a normal training camp, and an event of this magnitude arguably needs even more time than that for a proper promotion and to organise all the logistics.
There is also the issue of broadcasting, which according to promoter Eddie Hearn is looking ‘positive’, but it is still unresolved.
Fury works with BT Sport in the UK and ESPN in the USA, while Joshua has an exclusive global rights deal with DAZN and so these various organisations will need to come to some sort of agreement if the biggest fight in British boxing history is to go ahead.
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