‘It would be a huge fight in Britain for obvious reasons, but a heavyweight championship fight in the US is a big thing’: Top Rank chief wants Tyson Fury unification fight with Anthony Joshua to take place in America
Tyson Fury has a ‘huge following’ in the United States and is ‘more famous’ than rival Anthony Joshua, according to top boss Brad Jacobs.
The rival heavyweight world champion has signed an agreement in principle that will make them fight twice next year, although the venue has not yet been completed.
British boxing fans are screaming for the fight in the UK, but Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed that parties in Saudi Arabia have offered China to host the event.
Meanwhile, Fury’s representatives at Top Rank suggest that the unification game be held in America, which is the WBC champion’s “second home” in Las Vegas.
“For obvious reasons, it would be a huge struggle in Britain. But a heavyweight championship fight in the US is a big thing, ”Jacobs said Sky Sports.
“Fury’s second home is definitely Las Vegas. All of his recent battles have been there. He has a huge following in the US with (American TV) pushing him and making him a star.
“Fury is better known in the US than Joshua. But there is time for Joshua to make a name for himself before this event happens.
“It can’t hurt either boy to build up their profile for this fight. They are all big names around the world. The bigger and better it gets, the better it is for everyone. ‘
Joshua’s only trip to America ended in defeat in June 2019 when he was shot down four times and stopped at Madison Square Garden in seven rounds by Andy Ruiz Jr.
The Briton regained his titles six months later, this time with a unanimous decision victory over Ruiz Jr in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Fury, on the other hand, is unbeaten in five fights on American soil. The gypsy king defeated Steve Cunningham in New York in 2013 before winning a split decision draw with Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles in December 2018.
Fury also defeated Tom Schwarz and Otto Wallin in 2019, claiming the WBC belt by stopping WIlder in seven rounds in Las Vegas in February 2020.
Before a unification match can take place, Fury must defend his title against Wilder and Joshua must overcome mandatory IBF challenger Kubrat Pulev. Dates and locations for these matches have not yet been confirmed due to the ongoing pandemic of the coronavirus.