The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan says the capital is ready to stage Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua as negotiations enter their final stages with a decision around the venue imminent.
During recent months it seemed the likelihood of Wembley Stadium hosting the all-British superfight was non-existent with COVID-19 raging across the nation.
But in recent days promoter Eddie Hearn has admitted it is not totally out of the running – with a potential date of July 24 on the table. The Middle East however remains hot favourite.
Hearn is amazing – Khan
Khan told SNTV: “Eddie Hearn can do anything, I mean this guy is amazing. I call Eddie a friend, I’m a fan of his. The fact that he pulled off Joshua vs Klitschko, 90,000 was impressive. We worked closely with him.
“I’m keen to see Joshua vs Fury, I think it will be amazing. Wouldn’t it be great to see those two great boxers, world champions, boxing amongst their own fans? Both Tyson and Anthony will tell you how grateful they are to their fans in this country.
“Eddie knows how to reach me. We’ll do what we can to support Eddie. I appreciate there’s politics in boxing as well.
London ready for Fury vs Joshua
“I appreciate there’s issues around broadcasting, there’s issues around sponsorship, but if Eddie and the teams want to have the fight in London, we’re ready.”
The two fighters signed contracts for a two-fight deal last month, and the deadline to agree a venue is this weekend. Hearn and Fury have both stated this week that there will be multiple big-money offers on the table when the teams sit down to review possible sites.
Fury said Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Uzbekistan, Russia, the United States and England are all in the mix. Both men are expected to earn around $100million each from their first fight alone.