Eddie Hearn Isn’t Sure Whether Or Not Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury Will Be In UK
Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury may not take place in the UK.
Fight fans have been clamoring to see Joshua and Fury share the ring. They are regarded as two of the best heavyweight boxers in the world. Joshua holds the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO Titles. Fury is the WBC Heavyweight Champion.
Both Joshua and Fury were born in England, so a showdown in the UK is a no-brainer under normal circumstances. With the COVID-19 pandemic in full swing, things are anything but normal. With COVID cases surging, the UK has entered Tier 4, which is a stay at home alert level.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Hearn admitted that making Joshua vs. Fury happen in the UK at this time is uncertain.
“[The location] will be the next move. Our plan, after speaking to [Fury’s US-based promoter] Bob Arum, is to get the deal in place then go out to the relevant sites. Obviously we all would like this fight to take place in the UK but you’ve seen London go into Tier 4 now.
“We had a crowd on Saturday [for Joshua’s win over Kubrat Pulev] but that has been taken away for the time being. There are a lot of unknowns in that respect. Both fighters will have to take a significant reduction in purse for this fight to take place in the UK, unfortunately. Probably half and, without a crowd, maybe 80 percent.”
Joshua vs. Fury is a massive fight in the world of boxing, so it’s unlikely to be held without a live crowd. Many locations have been rumored but nothing is confirmed at this time. Hearn has said that there is no shortage of options when it comes to possible locations for this mega fight.
Joshua is fresh off a successful title defense against Kubrat Pulev. He knocked out Pulev in the ninth round to maintain his hold on the gold. Fury’s last bout took place back in February. He captured the WBC gold by stopping Deontay Wilder in their rematch via seventh-round TKO.