‘I’d love to find an excuse to do it in the UK’: Eddie Hearn refuses to rule out Wembley as the venue for the biggest boxing match in British history … but insists Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury will only fight under the bowed to a large crowd
- Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury have finally signed a £ 200 million deal for two fights
- Eddie Hearn has said the first fight will take place this summer, in June or July
- The Matchroom Boxing chief still hopes Wembley can organize the fight
Eddie Hearn has once again sparked hope that Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury’s world champion heavyweight unification will take place at Wembley.
Earlier this month, it was confirmed that the pair have finally signed terms for a two-fight deal reportedly worth £ 200 million, with the first showdown in June or July this year.
Billed as the biggest fight in British boxing history, the venue for the first event has been a hot topic, with locations like the Middle East and the United States as possible destinations.
Eddie Hearn has refused to rule out Wembley as a possible location for Joshua vs. Fury
Due to the ongoing pandemic and lack of clarity on the rules behind fans re-entering, the UK was rated a whopping 16/1 by bookmakers as the setting for fight number one.
However, Hearn has insisted that the London National Stadium remain on the agenda and that it should be the venue of choice – should they be able to fill it completely.
“ If everything is equal, to be honest we wouldn’t even talk to anywhere else in the world, we would just come into Wembley, ” he said. talkSPORT
It is clearly the greatest fight of our generation. It is the moment of both fighters’ careers.
Tyson Fury (left) is one half of the most highly anticipated fights in British boxing history
‘We do have to look at opportunities and the crowd restrictions make it even more difficult to generate the kind of money you need in the UK.
‘Can we get full capacity after the euro, about mid-late July? If we could, that brings London and Wembley into the conversation. I would like to find an excuse to do it in the UK and find a way.
‘There are a lot of discussions, we don’t rule out Wembley, but one thing we do know is that the only way we can organize that fight in Wembley is with full capacity.
‘There are some discussions going on with the government to see if that is possible. And if that is an option, it will also be presented to the fighters. ‘
Joshua fought in front of a crowd of 1,000 at Wembley Arena last December, but it’s been over a year since Tyson Fury last fought, when he defeated Deontay Wilder.
Anthony Joshua currently holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight world titles
And his promoter Frank Warren has admitted his concerns about the Gypsy King’s condition.
Speak against BT Sport, he said: ‘Everyone is working on getting it out in June or July, that’s what we’re working towards. That’s what we want to do.
The longer it takes, it won’t be good for Tyson. You have now been out of the ring for 13 months, up to 14 months.
So he wants to fight. And we want to set it up as soon as possible. ‘