The 31-year-old British boxer Anthony Joshua, the first battle between the IBF and WBO heavyweight world champion and the 32-year-old WBC champion Tyson Fury was announced in March. Held this summer, it was questioned by the Free family.
Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, assured him on the same day that despite some fears that the finalization of the contract would be delayed, the battle would still be “100% confident.”
This situation is reminiscent of a soap opera planned between Joshua and the former US Deontay Wilder (Deontay Wilder), the latter being destroyed by Fury and the possession of the former WBC belt , But never stopped.
Saudi Arabia, eager to open up internationally through sports for a few years, may bid 150 million U.S. dollars (124 million euros) to invite Joshua to win the December 2019 game against Andy Ruiz Jr. .
But the impact of the Covid pandemic, especially its impact on public reach and travel, seems to complicate matters.
The 89-year-old legend Bob Arum thought it was impossible to reach an agreement in time and called on boxers to “continue to fight more when the Middle East negotiations are over this summer”.
The boss of Top Rank said: “Saudi Arabia needs to spend several months on such a large transaction to carry out the necessary inspections.”
According to him, “It doesn’t just depend on the choice of site. Saudi Arabia also has some additional requirements that extend to broadcast transactions and other aspects. It may take several months to put everything in place. Given the turn of events , It may even last until 2022.
“For Hearn, it is ridiculous that this transaction has been completed. If we just reached an agreement on the spot without other complications, then we have already had a fight. Anger is angry about this and refuses to wait any longer,” Arum said.
If this fight occurs, it will be the highest income in British boxing history, and the two will win four major world heavyweight titles between them.