Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua will be the biggest fight in British boxing history on Saturday August 14, 2021 – and the two fighters are set to earn purses of around $100million each.
Saudi Arabia will host the record-breaking bout after winning a bidding war with the likes of Qatar, Dubai, Singapore, China and the United States. The territory is reportedly putting up a record site fee of $150million (£107million) to stage the bout.
Joshua’s rematch victory over Andy Ruiz Jr in December 2019 also took place in Saudi Arabia.
Arum reveals Fury vs Joshua purses
He 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.”
UK likely to have joint PPV
It is likely Fury vs Joshua will be a joint pay-per-view production in the UK with both Sky Sports Box Office and BT Sport Box Office airing the bout. Fury is contracted to ESPN in the United States while Joshua’s recent fights have aired on streaming platform DAZN. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has a deal with DAZN in the United States, and is expected to move to the platform in the UK from July.
It is likely DAZN will be a major player in the battle for Fury vs Joshua rights outside the UK and US, having launched its service in more than 200 markets in December last year. Canelo Alvarez, Gennady Golovkin and Ryan Garcia all featured in high-profile bouts on DAZN immediately after that launch.
The price for the Fury vs Joshua PPV is not yet known, with some reports suggesting it could be as high as £49.95 in the UK (which would be a record price). A price point of around £30 appears more likely though.