Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury Date, Venue and Records of Each Heavyweight Boxer

One of the biggest heavyweight fights in decades moved a step closer this week following news Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury's respective camps were close to finalize details of the unification bout.

Joshua's WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts and Fury's WBC and The Ring titles will both be on the line when the two Britons collide to determine the first undisputed heavyweight champion of the four-belt era and the first in the division since Lennox Lewis in 2000.

Both fighters have signed contracts for the fight and last week Eddie Hearn, Joshua's promoter, confirmed a site deal had been agreed. Speaking to British broadcaster talkSPORT on Wednesday, Fury's promoter Frank Warren hinted certain details that remained to be ironed out confirmed the fight was closed to be announced.

"What we're all trying to do is get this over the line, but the only way we'll get it over the line is by the fighter, Tyson, getting certain assurances.

"If he gets them, he'll put pen to paper, but as it is now, he's waiting for the other side's lawyers to confirm what he wants.

"We want the fight, everybody wants the fight, for once Eddie Hearn and I agree that we have a common aim here."

Here's what we know so far about the upcoming event.

When is Joshua vs. Fury?

The bout has been penciled in for August 14, according to Warren. Hearn had initially suggested the fight could be scheduled for either August 7 or August 14, but Warren confirmed both camps were now set on the latter date to avoid it clashing with UFC 265.

"You've got a UFC pay-per-view in the U.S. and the U.K. [on August 7]," he said.

"So if it goes on, it'll be on August 14. I don't think the date is the problem at all, I think everyone's agreed that it can be moved to August 14."

Where is Joshua vs. Fury?

If a date for the bout remains to be rubber-stamped, the same can be said of the site. Last week, Hearn confirmed a site deal had been agreed, but did not disclose details of the venue.

"All I will say, which I haven't said to anyone yet, is that both sides have approved the site offer they want to go with," he told YouTube channel Behind The Gloves.

"Now we're just finalising the site deal. We're in a great place."

However, the location is likely to be in Saudi Arabia. Hearn told Sky Sports on May 11: "I think it's a very bad secret that the fight is happening in Saudi Arabia. To be honest with you, I don't mind giving you that information."

How much will Joshua and Fury make?

The details remain sketchy as the fight is yet to be formally announced, but the two heavyweights could be in line for a record payday.

ESPN reported that the site fee alone is worth north of $150 million, which would see Joshua and Fury pocket $75 million each. By comparison, the biggest site fee for a heavyweight fight to date was $60 million for Joshua vs Ruiz in December 2019.

Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua
This combination of pictures shows British heavyweight boxers Tyson Fury (L) and Anthony Joshua. The duo are set to fight in the first heavyweight unification fight since 2000 in August this year. Ringo Chiu, Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

How to watch Joshua vs. Fury

At the time of writing it is understood that the fight will be broadcast in the U.S. by ESPN on a pay-per-view basis, but details are yet to be confirmed. DAZN is expected to be in charge of the global rights, while Sky Sports and BT Sport will both show the fight on PPV in the U.K.

Anthony Joshua record

Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) currently holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts.

The Briton won the IBF heavyweight title in 2016 after stopping Charles Martin in two rounds, before adding the WBA and IBO heavyweight belts after defeating Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium in London the following year. Joshua successfully defended his belts against Carlos Takam and Joseph Parker, adding the WBO crown after defeating latter by unanimous decision in Cardiff three years ago.

Having defended his titles against Alexander Povetkin, Joshua suffered the first loss of his professional career when Ruiz stopped him in seven rounds at Madison Square Garden in New York in 2019. However, he reclaimed the belts in Saudi Arabia six months later and successfully retained them as he stopped Kubrat Pulev in nine rounds in December last year.

Tyson Fury record

Fury (30-1, 21 KOs) won the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring heavyweight titles after defeating Wladimir Klitschko by unanimous decision in Dusseldorf, Germany, in November 2015.

"The Gypsy King" never defended his belts as he left the sport for three years after testing positive for a banned substance and dealing with depression. Having ballooned to nearly 29 stone after vacating his titles and having his boxing licence withdrawn, he then made a sensational return and earned a draw against then-WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in 2018.

In the rematch in February last year, Fury knocked out the American in seven rounds to claim Wilder's WBC and The Ring titles.