Eddie Hearn, promoter for IBF, WBO, IBO, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, would love to stage the unification with Tyson Fury in London.
But, he realizes that contest may very well head to another country. There could be a possibility where something is worked out that sends a rematch to Wembley Stadium.
“In an ideal world, everyone would say it’s a London fight,” says Hearn to Evening Standard. “If it comes in December, January or February, you can’t really do it in London. So, you’d have the first one in the Middle East, or maybe the States, and the second at Wembley. Or, if the first fight gets delayed until the summer, then Wembley first.”
A fight between Joshua and Fury is not possible until 2021.
Joshua has to face mandatory contender Kubrat Pulev on a tentative date in July, while Fury is going to collide with Deontay Wilder in a trilogy fight on a date in October.
Should both champions win, they would then fall in line to face each other, with most oddsmakers siding with Fury as the favorite to win.
“Most bookies give Fury the edge,” Hearn said. “That’s great for Joshua, as he’s spent his whole career with everyone assuming he would win. Now he’s the underdog — and he loves that.”
At the moment, boxing is on the shelf due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. When boxing is given the green light to return in the UK, Hearn believes the biggest stars in the various regions will have to be back in action in major events.
“We’ll need flagbearers to say Britain’s back and you need iconic British events — and Joshua has become an event,” Hearn said. “He’ll enable boxing and Britain to come back with a bang.”