For the past couple of weeks, both sides have been fielding offers for fight locations. It was reported Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Russia, England, and the United States among others were interested. However, Eddie Hearn recently revealed they had agreed to a deal and Bob Arum confirms it is Saudi Arabia.
According to reports, Arum says the city of Jeddah is likely to host ‘The Battle of Britain’ with three dates still being considered; July 24, 31, or 7 August.
Arum also said the fight would be on traditional pay-per-view, moving Joshua away from DAZN.
“The traditional pay-per-view outlets will be part of it, like DirecTV, In Demand, etc.,” Arum told BoxingScene, noting that because of the time difference between Saudi Arabia and the United States the telecast would begin in the late afternoon Eastern Time. “It will be a normal pay-per-view here (in the United States). ESPN will be the distributor.”
Arum also says the big fight between Joshua and Fury will be available for pay-per-view on Sky Sports and BT Sports allowing whoever wants the PPV in the UK to get it. The price of the PPV, however, has not been revealed.
“I have no idea. We’ll work it out with ESPN, with In Demand,” Arum said. “(Joshua promoter) Eddie (Hearn of Matchroom Boxing) has to be consulted. It has to be a price that everybody agrees to.”
When the fight will exactly take place is uncertain. Yet, Arum says the fight date and location should be confirmed in the next two weeks as they are finalizing everything.
“It’s going to have to be within the next 10 days, maybe two weeks,” Arum said. “It’s a massive economic deal.”
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