Saudi Arabia ‘set to pay staggering £108MILLION to host Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury’s heavyweight mega-fight in record-breaking site fee’ as summer unification showdown inches closer
- Saudi Arabia will reportedly pay £108m to host Anthony Joshua v Tyson Fury
- The British pair have agreed a two-fight deal for a heavyweight unification
- AJ and Fury’s camps this month agreed to meet in Saudi Arabia this summer
- The Middle East, US, UK, Asia and Russia were all contenders to host the bout
- Joshua and the Gypsy King will walk away with £54m each from the deal
Saudi Arabia will reportedly part ways with a record nine-figure sum to host Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury’s heavyweight unification clash this summer.
The British pair, who share all the world heavyweight titles available, have agreed a two-fight deal that will result in all belts belonging to one man for the first time since Lennox Lewis in 1999.
The first of the two bouts will take place this summer, with Joshua and Fury agreeing to meet in the Middle East after being presented with offers from the United States. UK and Asia to host the mega-fight.
And according to ESPN, the Saudis will front up a mammoth £108million to put on the event, with AJ and Fury each walking away with a cool £54m apiece.
Saudi Arabia is set to pay a huge £108m to host Anthony Joshua v Tyson Fury this summer
Joshua was last in Saudi Arabia in December 2019 when he took on Andy Ruiz Jr for a second time having given up his crown to the Mexican-American in New York City. The total site for that bout was just £43.25m in comparison.
AJ’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, had expressed concern over the viability of holding an event in the desert in the summer, with temperatures due to be soaring high for the expected July or August date.
However, it is likely that the bout will take place in an indoor arena in Jeddah, almost 600 miles from Diriyah, where Joshua defeated Ruiz Jr in 2019.
Saudi Arabia, which staged AJ vs Andy Ruiz Jr II, will reportedly pay the record-breaking fee
The deal will see both heavyweight champions walk away with a cool £54m for the first fight
‘We have [site deal] contracts now that we are marking up and so forth,’ Bob Arum, Fury’s US promoter with Top Rank, told BoxingScene on Friday.
‘It’s a big step. We’re just doing the paperwork now with the Saudis.’
Commenting on Arum’s remarks regarding Saudi Arabia, Hearn told talkSPORT: ‘They’ve signed the contract. We presented them both with an offer from a site, which they both approved and accepted.
AJ’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, says the deal is inching closer with paperwork being signed
‘We are dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s and you will get an announcement soon, but that fight is going to be happening this summer.
‘It is one of the biggest of all time, probably the sporting event of 2021, so fingers crossed – we are nearly there.
‘I keep saying we are nearly there but, as I said, site approved, deal approved, everything done now.
‘We are just papering it and there will be an official announcement soon.’
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