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Top Rank Prez: For Fury-Joshua, Ideal Location is America - Not UK

Top Rank President Todd DuBoef believes the United States is the perfect location to stage a mega-fight between heavyweight champions Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.

Both Joshua and Fury have contracted assignments coming up.

Joshua is scheduled to make a mandatory defense against Kubrat Pulev on a date to be determined, while Fury is heading in the direction of a fall trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder.

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Should both champions win their upcoming fights, the stage would be set for a massive full division unification.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, there is no telling when Fury or Joshua will be able to return to the ring.

The all-British battle would sell out any stadium in the UK, but DuBoef strongly believes the contest would do better financially in the United States.

He points to the February rematch between Fury and Wilder, which generated a $17 million gate at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

"The easiest scenario for all of us to get to - is let Joshua hopefully, if he can get past Pulev, who is going to be a tough mandatory fight for him, and let's have Tyson get in the ring back with Wilder, and then sets up the semi-finals for the finals," said DuBoef to Sky Sports.

"For the big Super Bowl, the big UEFA championship match between Joshua and Fury. That to me is the cleanest way and probably the easiest way, where everybody lives up to their commitments. That would be obviously the preference, in order of bouts, in the most simple way.

"I think that the success of the big events, the biggest events in the history of combat sports, have originated from America. I keep going back to that. I think the impact and the success of a PPV being distributed from the United States to the late hours, or early hours let's call it in the UK - we've seen that be very successful and the fans are connected and will stay up.

"My heart of hearts tells me that would be the ideal place, but obviously we would be open to any site and any prospective dynamic that would be different. To do a fight in the UK would be fantastic. Both guys are larger than life and to sync that up with the United States. But as we just said, if it was the old world, we just did under $17 million with Fury and Wilder and I'm not sure there was a gate in the UK that's done that. I'll think we'd have to weigh all the different circumstances and if there was outside locations, like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Asia, whatever, we would obviously weigh those too."

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Comment by Ray* on 05-10-2020

[QUOTE=techliam;20558044]I dunno about it being the Joshua show I think they are both practically household names here Fury wasn’t giving concessions in Germany over to Wlad, so I doubt he’d be doing it here. I think Fury calling out Joshua…

Comment by Smash on 05-10-2020

fury has gone to germany and america and taken belts, joshua went to the states nad got flattened, its not as easy as peple make out, joshua may have a hangup of going to america again if he has bad…

Comment by techliam on 05-10-2020

[QUOTE=Ray*;20557228]True, I doubt he want the fight here doe. It would be the Joshua show in the U.K. because Joshua would be the A-side here, but in America it would be the Fury show as he would be the A-side…

Comment by Ray* on 05-09-2020

[QUOTE=techliam;20557051]He doesn’t need a BBBC licence to fight in the UK[/QUOTE] True, I doubt he want the fight here doe. It would be the Joshua show in the U.K. because Joshua would be the A-side here, but in America it…

Comment by DaNeutral. on 05-09-2020

Bob dont even believe that. All these promoters are nothing but full time spin doctors these days. Al of them. They just seem to play tricky word chess with each other. Bob the nob has only said that cuz he…

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