Eddie Hearn Says Joshua & Fury Would Have To Take Pay Cut For UK Showdown
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn doesn’t expect Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury to take pay cuts to fight in the UK.
The general consensus is that Joshua vs. Fury should be held in the UK at least once. Both men are the top heavyweights in the world and they were born in England. Under normal circumstances, this would be a no-brainer. During the COVID-19 pandemic, however, nothing is a lock.
With the UK shutting down large gatherings once again, there is uncertainly when it comes to the location of Joshua vs. Fury. Hearn told BoxingScene.com that a reduction in purse would be required if “AJ” and “The Gypsy King” want to fight in England.
“If the fight’s gonna take place in the UK, they’d have to take half of what they could get. So, that’s a tough conversation. And if we don’t know if we’re gonna get a crowd, we can’t even consider it in the UK, to be quite frank. But both guys would rather do it in the UK, and one of the two fights should happen in the UK.”
Hearn understands that some fans won’t be happy if Joshua vs. Fury doesn’t take place in the UK but he doubled down on the logistics being rough.
“I think everyone will be disappointed, but I’ll just be honest again. Ultimately, I won’t decide where the fight is. If you think that they should take half the money to do it in the UK, in a fight that size, with everything on the line, you know, I’ll defend them [for fighting elsewhere]. I think if it’s 20 or 30 percent [less], I think they will do it in England. They will take less money. But there will become an amount of money where there just – my advice will be, ‘Guys, you’re putting everything on the line. Not just your belts, your health – everything. Go and make your money.’ You know? But in an ideal world, we’d all love to do the fight in the UK.”