Eddie Hearn has opened up on where Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury will face off next year.
Although the British pair are set for two bouts in 2021, talks have not yet gone as far as confirming venues as they both prepare for earlier fights.
While Fury is set to defend his WBC and The Ring heavyweight titles against an unnamed opponent on December 5, Joshua is all set to take on Kubrat Pulev to defend his WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles a week later.
Hearn has now updated fans over the arrangements while talking about his new book – 12 Rounds to Success.
He said: “Behind closed door events you saw Dillian Whyte in our fight camp event and got beat.
“You got a lot of people who fancy Derek Chisora to beat Oleksandr Usyk. Then you’ve got Anthony Joshua who’s potentially fighting behind closed doors Kubrat Pulev on December 12.
“Really for Anthony Joshua the focus should be on Kubrat Pulev on December 12, and if Anthony Joshua get’s through that I’m almost certain we see two fights with Tyson Fury next year for the undisputed championship.
“That’s great for the sport of boxing and everyone wants that fight – two British world heavyweight champions and the winner is the absolute king of the division. It’s important we make that fight, but first thing is first by keeping the eye on the prize, which is Kubrat Pulev.”
When asked about the potential venue for the Joshua vs Fury bouts, he added: “It hasn’t really been discussed as far as venue. We’ve had a number of approaches from different territories.
“Plus with Covid we just don’t know where we are going to be. I think at least one of the fights must take place in the UK, to be honest with you.
“Having said this, it’s difficult because a lot of foreign governments have budgets to bring major sporting events to their territories. We saw it when AJ boxed Andy Ruiz in Saudi Arabia for example.
“But Britain doesn’t have that. But what we can do is sell a huge number of tickets in the UK, but financially a fight in Britain doesn’t compare to a fight, let’s say, in the Middle East.
“So ultimately we will get all the offers in and we will then present them to the fighters and their teams.
“Both fighters, I think, will love to fight in the UK but we won’t and can’t ignore what comes in and I’ll be presenting them to both fighters and they make their decisions.”
Relentless: 12 Rounds to Success by Eddie Hearn (Hodder) is out now.
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