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Hearn Could See One of Two Fury-Joshua Fights Land Overseas

Eddie Hearn, the promoter for IBF, IBO, WBO, WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, says a unification with Tyson Fury could easily end up overseas - as several big money offers are expected.

Joshua and Fury, provided both boxers stay on course, are potentially going to fight each other, twice, in 2021.

The two fighters reached an agreement on the monetary terms, with a 50-50 split.


While one of the two fights will be targeted to take place in a UK stadium, the other will head to an overseas venue. 

"If you go to a fighter and their teams and, pulling numbers out of the sky, say you have £50 million to fight in the UK or you have £100 million to do the fight in the Middle East, it's a very short conversation. Because they understand the risks involved," Hearn said Talk Sport.

"If you ask Tyson and you ask AJ, 'where do you want this fight to happen?' – blimey, obviously in the UK! Two British heavyweight world champions and we will do everything we can to make the fight here, by the way. And I do believe that is what the fighters want as well. But even in the current environment, there has been a number of sizeable approaches from around the world to stage this fight – the biggest fight in boxing.

"This is a sport where both fighters put their health and their faculty and sometimes their life on the line. You can't expect fighters in a fight of this magnitude, the ultimate fight of their career, to take half the money to do it in the UK. We're in a situation at the moment in this country and, at the moment rightfully so, where the government doesn't invest money to bring major sporting events to this country. They've got enough on their plate, they certainly shouldn't be looking at that at the moment.

"Yet many countries, and we saw the Ruiz fight in Saudi Arabia, have funds in place to bring major sporting events to their countries. So a lot of those countries are going to be making major financial plays to stage this fight. Ultimately, it won't be me who decides. It will be the fighters who decide."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by TMLT87 on 11-25-2020

One in Vegas (or NYC) and one at Wembley would be ideal if the pandemic wasnt an issue. But we all know "overseas" means "the middle East" anyway.

Comment by Oshio on 11-25-2020

It is the US please. They can match the Middle East for the money. This is an undisputed fight for God sakes

Comment by Sid-Knee on 11-24-2020

[QUOTE=Bonduu;20906754]Wilder should be the one fighting for undisputed with AJ and not Fury, Fury was a cherry pick gone sour, he was greedy and wanted more $$$, obviously,100m offer wasn’t enough to put coward Wilder in the ring. I hope…

Comment by Bonduu on 11-24-2020

Wilder should be the one fighting for undisputed with AJ and not Fury, Fury was a cherry pick gone sour, he was greedy and wanted more $$$, obviously,100m offer wasn’t enough to put coward Wilder in the ring. I hope…

Comment by boxingnut82 on 11-24-2020

The first AJ-Fury fight needs to happen in Las Vegas the Mecca of boxing as that is where the money is. The second needs to happen at Wembley Stadium where hopefully a full 90k crowd will be permitted to attend

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