Top Rank’s DuBoef: America ‘Would Be The Ideal Place’ For Joshua-Fury
While the United States is currently finding ways to host boxing events, Top Rank President Todd DuBoef already has a plan in mind for one of the biggest fights to make.
In an interview with Sky Sports, DuBoef brought up the ideal location of an undisputed heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury. Both British fighters have recently been looking at the United Kingdom or Saudi Arabia as an option. DuBoef, however, believes America, where both fighters have competed in, is the ideal choice.
“I think that the success of the big events, the biggest events in the history of combat sports, have originated from America,” DuBoef stated. “I keep going back to that. I think the impact and the success of a PPV being distributed from the United States to the late hours, or early hours let’s call it in the UK – we’ve seen that be very successful and the fans are connected and will stay up.
“My heart of hearts tells me that would be the ideal place, but obviously we would be open to any site and any prospective dynamic that would be different.”
Back in February, the rematch between Fury and Deontay Wilder produced over 800,000 North American PPV buys. It also generated a gate of over $17 million at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Wilder was knocked down twice and was bleeding from around his ears in the fight. In the seventh, Wilder’s team threw in the towel, giving Fury the win via TKO. The two are scheduled to compete in a trilogy bout sometime in November or December.
On the other side, Joshua is currently set to face off against Kubrat Pulev for the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO Heavyweight Titles. Originally set for June 20, the fight has been postponed to another time due to the coronavirus. Unlike most, DuBoef is willing to let both fights play out.
“The easiest scenario for all of us to get to – is let Joshua hopefully, if he can get past Pulev, who is going to be a tough mandatory fight for him, and let’s have Tyson get in the ring back with Wilder, and then sets up the semi-finals for the finals,” DuBoef went on to say. “For the big Super Bowl, the big UEFA championship match between Joshua and Fury.”
Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn has been adamant he wants to see Joshua perform in front of a crowd. The spectacle of a Joshua entrance always brings people in. While he understands that, DuBoef believes having the United States as the premier spot for boxing events is extremely important.
“To do a fight in the UK would be fantastic. Both guys are larger than life and to sync that up with the United States,” said DuBoef. “But as we just said, if it was the old world, we just did under $17m with Fury and Wilder and I’m not sure there was a gate in the UK that’s done that.