- Joshua, 31, was initially lined up for a unification with WBC champion Fury, 32, on August 14 in Saudi Arabia.
Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk could finalise terms to fight by the end of the week with ‘most issues now agreed’, EKO HOT BLOG gathered.
Joshua was ordered to face mandatory challenger Usyk by the WBO after his undisputed title decider with Tyson Fury collapsed.
His promoter Eddie Hearn revealed talks were progressing well for the pair to fight in September, with Tottenham’s stadium the likely venue.
Usyk had publicly demanded more money from Hearn, but his promoter Alexander Krassyuk insisted a deal is now imminent.
Krassyuk told Sky Sports: “We hope that we will sign the contract by the end of the week. Most of the issues have been coordinated and agreed.
“Usyk’s confidence is at sky level.”
Joshua, 31, was initially lined up for a unification with WBC champion Fury, 32, on August 14 in Saudi Arabia.
It came after the Gypsy King walked away from a trilogy bout with Deontay Wilder, believing the immediate rematch clause expired.
Wilder, 35, then took his case to arbitration and after months of mediation the judge ruled in his favour.
To avoid another legal battle or paying step aside money, Fury agreed to a trilogy, with the pair signed to fight on July 24 in America.
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