Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn recently received a bid for the location of Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury that he wasn’t expecting.
Joshua vs. Fury has been signed on by both parties for a two-fight deal. The bout still has some hurdles to clear before becoming a reality. One of the stumbling blocks is securing a location that will generate over $100 million.
For one unnamed wealthy man, that price isn’t an issue. Speaking to reporters, Hearn revealed that he received quite the unusual bid for Joshua vs. Fury (h/t BoxingScene.com).
“I had an approach yesterday [on Wednesday], not from the Middle East, but it was the most bizarre approach. I can’t say who it was but it was from a very wealthy individual and he wants to do something very special. We’ve had 20 approaches for this fight but you know which ones are serious,” Hearn said.
“But this one was just well out there. And it’s a realistic option, money is not an issue with this guy. Commercially it’s a bit strange, but it’s not about that. It’s a trophy asset to say… ‘this is the biggest event in the world’. And that’s the mindset of an individual who wants to bring it to his own country. It’s not about selling tickets, it’s not about government investment… it would him be saying ‘I’d be paying for it’.
“There’s a number for the fight, you hit the number, you get the fight and the number was not an issue for this individual. Saudi have paid the site fee before, we’ve worked together before, it’s not complicated, it’s just about tying up the dates, but this offer is a bit different. All I will say is it’s in Asia. Not Macau but not far away.”
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