The hotly-anticipated heavyweight showdown between the two best boxers in the division has been agreed, with the unification bout between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua set to take place this year. The contract has already been signed by both fighters, but there is still one pretty big decision yet to be made, and that is where the fight will be taking place.
Many had hoped that the fight would take place in the United Kingdom, as it would have been a homecoming for both stars. However, it is now looking more likely that the Middle East will get hosting rights for the July fight.
Boxing News: Indoor Venue Muted By Hearn
Eddie Hearn was speaking about potential venues for the fight this week, and revealed that the most likely destination is the Middle East. As well as that, the fight would need to take place indoors, as the hot climate during July would mean that it would not be suitable for one of the biggest boxing contests in recent history.
Joshua has fought in the Middle East in the past, with his fight against Andy Ruiz Jr taking place outdoors in the Diriyah Arena. However, the fact that the previous fight took place in December is telling, as the countries that have meet muted as possible destinations would be in the height of their summer on the July date that has been set between the two heavyweights.
Boxing News: Decision Expected Soon
Hearn revealed that a final decision on the location will be made very soon, and even told Sky Sports that it could come as soon as Sunday. The promoter revealed that the perfect plan would see the fight take place at Wembley in front of a passionate home crowd support for both fighters, but then teased that may not appeal to Tyson Fury.
Unbeknown why he made that cheap shot on Fury, as it would be hugely likely that he would get the seal of approval from the fans in London as opposed to Joshua. Fury teased earlier in the week that the clock was ticking on agreeing on a location for the fight, as he posted a cryptic message on social media. However, the delay in finding a location isn’t likely to have a bearing on the deal that has already been reached, which would be much to the relief of boxing fans that want to see the unification bout.