Frank Warren confirmed in his Daily Star Sport column on Friday that former two-time heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua has now received an initial contract to fight heavyweight king Tyson Fury on December 3rd in Cardiff.

Talks began between the respective two camps last week following Fury’s callout video of the Finchley man on social media. After initial barriers in the form of dates and rematch purse splits, Joshua accepted the terms laid down to him by Team Fury as the contest appears to be drawing ever closer. Fury’s team confirmed they would send a contract in the coming days earlier this week following the announcement from Joshua’s 258MGT that terms had been agreed, and it appears that this is now the case following Warren’s column being released this morning.

The contracts have been sent to Anthony Joshua’s team. They will have arrived on Friday morning“, Warren wrote. “Now we wait for them to go through them and sign so we can get one of British boxing’s biggest events on. I don’t anticipate there will be any problems. We all want this fight to happen“.

Joshua suffered back-to-back defeats to Oleksandr Usyk in the last twelve months but didn’t hesitate in stepping up to the plate against his fellow Brit to take part in what will surely be the biggest fight in British boxing history. Immense credit should also be afforded to Fury who could have easily taken a tune-up bout at the end of the year before stepping into an undisputed showdown with Usyk in early 2023.

The fight is by no means made yet, with discussions reportedly ongoing between broadcasters BT Sport, ESPN and DAZN, but the signs are certainly positive for a fight that looked as though it could have been dead in the water.

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