Talks have begun over a unification fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury in Saudi Arabia, according to reports.
Fury won the WBC heavyweight title by beating Deontay Wilder in seven rounds in Las Vegas in February, while Joshua reclaimed his WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO belts in December when he convincingly beat Andy Ruiz Jr in their rematch.
Fury is scheduled to fight Wilder for a third time as the Bronze Bomber has already said that he wants to invoke his rematch clause.
But according to ESPN, Fury’s management team, MTK Global, are now in negotiations over a blockbuster fight with Joshua and are awaiting an offer from Saudi Arabia to host the event.
The report claims that the offer from Saudi Arabia will need to be large enough to cover Wilder’s step-aside payment.
However, Wilder’s team are adamant that a third fight between Fury and the Bronze Bomber will go ahead.
‘As far as we’re concerned, the next fight [for Wilder] is the third fight [with Fury],’ Wilder’s advisor, Shelly Finkel, told ESPN.
Meanwhile, Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, is uncertain if it is possible to stage the unification fight this year due to the coronavirus outbreak.
‘The conversations between myself and MTK are that we’ve had an approach,’ said Hearn.
‘We’ve had a number of approaches from territories to stage that fight.
‘So the only discussions at the moment are where this fight takes place, and we don’t even know when this fight could take place.
‘We’re certainly open to have discussions about the possibility of this happening this year or in the next fight.
‘There’s more chance at the moment that the bigger money could come next year because we don’t even know if we can do live crowds in November, December.’
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