Eddie Hearn Looking For Venues Outside Of Saudi For AJ-Wilder

Eddie Hearn has implied that a fight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder may not happen in Saudi Arabia. 

Despite the Matchroom Boxing promoter indicating that terms have been agreed verbally, an official contract has not been made. As a result, there is speculation that the Saudis may not be willing to put on the event as other venues, such as Vegas and Africa, have been mentioned. This is in addition to the organizer of the Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou fight, Turki Alalshikh, stating that any reports of big fights are not true unless they come from him. And by the looks of it, Hearn is looking at other possible venues. 

“After meeting with A.J yesterday [Wednesday] and having a brief chat with Shelley Finkel, we want to make that fight. That fight is [one of the] top two fights in world boxing in terms of its size so we’re not limited to doing that fight in Saudia Arabia or the Middle East. Now, I want to start looking at alternative venues. Whether that’s a site fee, whether that’s Las Vegas, whether that’s Wembley,” Hearn stated 

If a fight does not get made in Saudi, then the finances on offer for both fighters are likely to be less. In addition, there could be disputes over who is the A-side. Despite Joshua being the bigger commercial draw, neither fighter holds any belts. And yet, Wilder has shown with his negotiations with Andy Ruiz Jr. that he is not willing to compromise. So, moving forward, there are still some obstacles that need resolving. 

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