The location for Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury has now been chosen, according to Bob Arum.
Fury’s co-promoter declined to reveal the specific country at this stage, but did confirm a sizeable step has now been taken towards finalising the biggest fight in British boxing history.
Arum promotes Tyson Fury in the US and Frank Warren is his UK promoterMikey Williams/Top Rank
The coronavirus pandemic has put paid to any lingering possibility of the bout happening at home, but in reality an overseas location was always the plan.
AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn previously named Singapore, Dubai, Qatar, America and China as possible options, though Saudi Arabia was marked as the favourite to host Joshua vs Fury.
Arum told Barbershop Conversations: “We have a location, that’s true.
“We have a location and, as far as the date is confirmed, we haven’t zeroed in on a date.
“It could be as late as June because it would give more time to solve the coronavirus problem. By June, most people will be vaccinated, so it’s possible.
“And then we would do the fight, pay-per-view in the UK and pay-per-view early evening in the United States.”
Joshua is promoted by HearnEd Mulholland/Matchroom
An early evening US time would suggest a prime time evening start in the UK – identical to the situation when AJ fought Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia.
Regarding the financials, Arum added: “The Joshua vs Fury fight will earn each of the guys close to $100million. Each of the guys.
“It is the biggest fight in history in the UK, not even close.
“Around the world it is the biggest fight that people wanna see.”
AJ’s rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr took place in Saudi Arabia a year agoDave Thompson/Matchroom
Talks are progressing well behind the scenes as representatives for the heavyweight champions work to try and finalise a deal for them to meet this summer.
As things stand, a fight between Joshua and Fury is not yet a done deal, but appears to be edging ever closer.
The pair agreed financial terms to fight last year and AJ came over his final hurdle with a ninth-round knockout of Kubrat Pulev.
Now, Fury must resolve his ongoing legal situation with Deontay Wilder over their rematch contract in order to completely clear the pathway for a showdown with Joshua in 2021.
Wilder is still pursuing the third fight with FuryRyan Hafey/PBC
Regarding that legal situation, Arum updated: “Over Christmas and New Year there was mediation, maybe the mediator will be able to solve the situation.
“But we’ve got a real problem because Tyson Fury has said to me and to the mediator that not ever would he ever fight Wilder after what Wilder said.
“He regards it as a slur not only to him, but against the Gypsy nation…
“I don’t wanna get into legalities, but the idea of anybody stopping the Fury vs Joshua fight just can’t happen.”
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