Earlier this week the highly anticipated heavyweight undisputed bout between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury moved one step closer as it was revealed both men have signed a two-fight deal.
Eddie Hearn, Bob Arum and everyone else involved now have the not so little task of locking in a venue. The first fight between the two Englishman is expected to take place this summer.
Matchroom Boxing promoter, Hearn, has revealed during that process he has received and unexpected bid from a wealthy businessman based in the far east.
“I had an approach yesterday [on Wednesday], not from the Middle East, but it was the most bizarre approach,” Hearn said. “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,”
“But this one was just well out there,” Hearn continued. “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.” (Transcribed by Boxing Scene)
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