Talks over a huge world heavyweight title unification fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia are officially underway.

The British rivals, who between them hold every major heavyweight belt, had been expected to finally meet in the ring at some point in 2021.

But with the coronavirus crisis throwing both Fury and Joshua’s next title defences into doubt, discussions over a mega-money showdown in December are now being held.

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The Gypsy King was scheduled to face Deontay Wilder for the third and final time in Las Vegas this summer, having knocked him down twice on his way to a seventh round stoppage victory in their rematch in February.

The Bronze Bomber exercised a clause in his contract to secure the trilogy fight, but ESPN claim that he is likely to be paid-off in order to give up his shot at revenge.

It has been reported that Fury’s advisers, MTK, are negotiating terms with Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, because of a ‘rift’ between the Matchroom Boxing chief and Frank Warren, who usually handles talks for the WBC champion.

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