Hearn confirms Joshua V Fury to take place outside UK

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has admitted that a potential bout between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury will take place in Saudi Arabia.

Hearn, who is the promoter of Joshua, said that should the pair fight the middle east would be the most likely destination.

Joshua’s last fight, a rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr, took place in Diriyah late last year.

Eddie Hearn promotes Anthony Joshua. Photo: iFL TV

But despite the appetite from fans for the fight between the heavyweight pair, Fury has to fight Deontay Wilder in a rematch next month.

Should the fight happen, a deal with the Saudi Arabian authorities would see the likelihood of a home clash hard to strike, with the rewards much richer for a bout away from home.

He told iFL TV: ‘For me, it should happen in the UK. And if there’s a way to do it we’ll do it.

‘But do you think I can go up to the guys and say, “you can make £150m each to do it in Saudi or £40m in the UK?” It doesn’t work like that.’

‘If it was the difference of £10m each that’s different, but it’s not, it’s double to go somewhere else, and it can’t be ignored. Especially with a fight like that, it’s a one-off.’

Diriyah was the host city of the Ruiz V Joshua fight in December. Photo: Wikipedia

Following their first fight in the state in December, the positive feedback gained from it has seen Hearn agree to more high-profile fights.

And the passion for the sport by the hierarchy in the country was part of the motivation behind future contests.

‘Prince Khalid loves his boxing and that’s one of the reaons why we’re in the relationship, and there’s going to be many, many more. It’s big plans now for Saudi.

‘The first one was so successful that it’s really the go ahead to do three or four more in 2020.’