Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua will be the biggest fight in British boxing history if it goes ahead as expected in late May or early June, and the two fighters are set to earn purses of around $100million each.
A string of territories are lining up to host the world heavyweight title unification clash, with the COVID-19 pandemic ruling out the UK as a venue.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has already revealed that Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Dubai, Singapore, China and America are all battling it out to win the site fee bidding war.
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.”
Arum confirmed the speculation around a venue, while the date still has to be confirmed.
“We have a location, that’s true. 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.”
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.
Further afield, it is likely DAZN will be a major player in the battle for rights, having launched its service in more than 200 markets in December last year. Canelo Alvarev, Gennady Golovkin and Ryan Garcia all featured in high-profile bouts on DAZN immediately after that launch.