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Saudi Arabia huge favourite to host Joshua vs Fury with UK venue very unlikely

Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury is most likely to take place in Saudi Arabia, according to the bookmakers.

The Middle Eastern nation shelled out a sizeable site fee worth tens of millions of dollars to host AJ’s rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr at the end of 2019 and are now looking to secure the biggest fight in boxing.

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AJ’s rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr took place in Saudi Arabia

Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury Location Odds

*Odds via PaddyPower

Saudi Arabia – 1/5

Abu Dhabi – 6/1

Dubai – 10/1

Singapore – 12/1

USA – 16/1

China – 20/1

UK – 33/1

Fury’s US co-promoter Bob Arum claimed earlier this week that a venue had been secured.

However, AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn has insisted this is not the case and multiple offers remain on the table.

He said their plan is to finalise a deal and contract for the fight, then confirm a date/venue.

Hearn previously told Sky: “I don’t want to say too much, other than we’re going well.

Fury made his WWE in-ring debut in Saudi Arabia in October 2019

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Fury made his WWE in-ring debut in Saudi Arabia in October 2019

“We’re now papering the fight, in terms of the contracts, a period of the fight, and looking out now in the next stages to go to the different various sites that have made offers and discuss the fight and the date with them.

“All I want to tell you really is we’re on track and I don’t see anything derailing it.

“We’re talking to Saudi Arabia, we’re talking to Qatar, we’re talking to Dubai, we’re talking to Singapore, we’re talking to China, we’re talking to America.”

The chances of a Wembley Stadium fight are slim

The chances of a Wembley Stadium fight are slim

Regarding the financials, Arum told Barbershop Conversations: “The Joshua vs Fury fight will earn each of the guys close to $100million. Each of the guys.

“It is the biggest fight in history in the UK, not even close.

“Around the world it is the biggest fight that people wanna see.”




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