And as part of that process, Haney (29-0, 15 KOs) has made it clear that he would like the fight against Lomachenko (17-2, 11 KOs) to happen in Saudi.
This is understandable since the country has shown a willingness to put up more money, as shown by the huge Paul-Fury purse. As of now, it is not clear if the Saudis would want to stage the fight.
It is worth bearing in mind that the Paul-Fury fight has been brewing up for some time. In addition, given that the bout has a crossover appeal outside of boxing, the same cannot be said when it comes to Haney-Lomachenko.
Regardless of where the fight happens, Haney has made it clear that it is almost done.
In his comments to iD Boxing, he said: “Right now, it’s just the site. Are we going to do it here, or are we going to do it in Vegas? That’ll be announced soon, but hopefully, we can do it here [Saudi Arabia]. Because it’s a great opportunity, and especially for me to fight in front of so many Muslims. This is a dream of mine and a great opportunity.”