Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua could pocket nearly £75million apiece from their heavyweight showdown later this year, according to Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum, who says a chosen location is in the pipeline as talks continue.
The two are in talks to put on a long-awaited undisputed battle which will go down in history, with Arum labelling it “the biggest fight in history in the UK”.
Joshua owns the WBO, IBF and WBA belts while Fury stripped Deontay Wilder of the WBC strap in Las Vegas last February.
The unbeaten Gypsy King, who is 30-0-1, has not fought since then while AJ defended his belts by knocking out Kubrat Pulev in the ninth round in London last month, his first bout in 12 months.
All four belts will be put on line as the duo bid to become the first unified king of the division since compatriot Lennox Lewis back in 2000.
The Middle East looks set to stage the first fight with a pre-planned rematch potentially being held in the UK.
And Arum insists a host country has been picked but refused to reveal where the fight will be, though says both fighters will net record paydays.
Joshua’s rematch with Andy Ruiz back in December 2019 saw him net a guaranteed £46million which was a British fight purse record.
But Joshua and Fury are set to obliterate that amount when they finally step into the ring with another later in 2021.
“We have a location, that’s true,” Fury’s US promoter and Top Rank CEO Arum said in conversation with Barbershop Conversations. “We have a location and, as far as the date is confirmed, we haven’t zeroed in on a date.
“It could be as late as June because it would give more time to solve the coronavirus problem. By June, most people will be vaccinated, so it’s possible.
“And then we would do the fight, pay-per-view in the UK and pay-per-view early evening in the United States.
“The Joshua-Fury fight will earn each of the guys close to $100million (£73.1m). Each of the guys.
“It’s the biggest fight in history in the UK, not even close. And around the world, it’s the biggest fight that people wanna see.”
Wilder is demanding he get a third bite of the cherry against Fury having lost their second fight after drawing the first.
Arum has repeatedly claimed Wilder’s contractual right to a trilogy scrap is no longer valid and has repeated that claim again.
“Over Christmas and New Year there was mediation, maybe the mediator will be able to solve the situation,” he continued.
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“But we’ve got a real problem because Tyson Fury has said to me, and to the mediator, that not ever would he fight Wilder after what Wilder said.
“He regards it as a slur not only to him, but against the Gypsy nation.”
Similarly, Joshua’s promoter and Matchroom chief declared to Sky Sports on their Toe 2 Toe podcast: “He [Arum] is not too concerned. He feels like the contract is over.
“There is an arbitration going on in that respect. I don’t see that as an issue. If there is, Fury has to give Wilder some kind of compensation to take these two fights.
“Again, I can’t talk on behalf of Tyson Fury, but the vibe I’m getting from everything I’ve seen on social media is he isn’t giving Deontay Wilder another chance or another shot ever after he said what he said.
“The accusations of him being a cheat. Tampering with his gloves, people putting stuff in his drinks. It was absolutely bizarre. That was actually even more bizarre than 2020 itself.
“I will do everything I can to keep the belts on the line, because for me, that is the glory. Standing in the ring, seeing AJ covered in every bit of silverware you can win in boxing.
“That’s always been the aim he had when he turned professional.”