Eddie Hearn warns UK fans to expect at least ONE of the proposed bouts between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury to take place abroad after ‘some massive approaches from around the world’
- Britons Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua will face two 2021 fights
- The fights could determine the first undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis
- Eddie Hearn hints that one of the all-British fights could take place outside the UK
- Hearn says both men would prefer to fight in Britain, but there are other offers
- The promoter condemned the UK for not doing enough to host major boxing events
Eddie Hearn admits that one of the two Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua fights scheduled for 2021 may take place abroad, despite both fighters preferring the UK as the battle site.
The two most high-profile British competitors agreed to a two-fight duel in one match earlier this year that will likely bring all ties together to determine the first undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis.
But Joshua’s promoter Hearn admits he will do everything he can to host at least one fight in the UK, but the option of holding the match in Saudi Arabia or even China may be too difficult to turn down.
Eddie Hearn admits one of the Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua fights could take place abroad
Fury (left) and Joshua (right) agreed to a mouth-watering single combat in 2021 earlier this year
Hearn told talkSPORT: ‘If you go to a fighter and their teams and, if you take numbers off the air, say you have £ 50m to fight in the UK or you have £ 100m to fight in the Middle East to do, it is a very short call.
‘Because they understand the risks. If you ask Tyson and you ask AJ, “Where do you want this fight to take place?” – blimey, in the UK of course! Two British Heavyweight World Champions and we will do everything we can to fight here.
‘But we cannot ignore the other offers. I would definitely like to see one of the two fights as it will be two fights, in the UK.
And I believe that’s what the fighters want too. But even in the current environment, there have been some massive approaches from around the world to staging this fight – the biggest fight in boxing. ‘
Hearn (above) claims both fighters would rather fight in the UK but have better offers
Despite some of his biggest wins in the UK, Joshua took on Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia last December for the highly anticipated rematch with the American.
Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has already confirmed that the Gypsy King and Joshua will take a 50:50 split from the proceedings of the first fight, with a 60:40 split in favor of the winner of the second game.
Hearn took a swipe at the UK for not doing enough to host big boxing events like Fury vs Joshua, but understood the government’s current battle with the coronavirus pandemic.
One of the fights could be in Saudi Arabia, where Joshua defeated Andy Ruiz in a rematch last year
Hearn added: ‘This is a sport where both fighters put their health and their faculty and sometimes their lives on the line. In a fight of this magnitude, the ultimate fight of their career, you cannot expect fighters to take half the money to do it in the UK.
“We are currently in a situation in this country, and right now, where the government is not investing money to bring major sporting events to this country.
‘They have enough on their plate; they certainly shouldn’t be looking at that right now. Still, many countries, and we saw the (Andy) Ruiz battle in Saudi Arabia, have funds to bring major sporting events to their country.
Hearn condemned the British government for not doing enough to host big boxing matches
So many of those countries will make great financial contributions to organize this fight. Ultimately, it is not me who decides. It will be the fighters who decide. ‘
Joshua is expected to return to the ring in December, as he will face Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev on December 12, while Fury may not fight again until the new year.
The Gypsy King was in talks with Germany’s unbeaten European champion Agit Kabayel ahead of a fight in London in December, but claimed earlier this month that he plans to return in 2021.