By Vanessa Ekpereka (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Saudi Arabia will reportedly part ways with a record nine-figure sum to host Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury’s heavyweight unification clash this summer.
The British pair, who share all the world heavyweight titles available, have agreed a two-fight deal that will result in all belts belonging to one man for the first time since Lennox Lewis in 1999.
The first of the two bouts will take place this summer, with Joshua and Fury agreeing to meet in the Middle East after being presented with offers from the United States. UK and Asia to host the mega-fight.
And according to ESPN, the Saudis will front up a mammoth £108million to put on the event, with AJ and Fury each walking away with a cool £54m apiece.
Joshua was last in Saudi Arabia in December 2019 when he took on Andy Ruiz Jr for a second time having given up his crown to the Mexican-American in New York City. The total site for that bout was just £43.25m in comparison.
AJ’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, had expressed concern over the viability of holding an event in the desert in the summer, with temperatures due to be soaring high for the expected July or August date.
However, it is likely that the bout will take place in an indoor arena in Jeddah, almost 600 miles from Diriyah, where Joshua defeated Ruiz Jr in 2019.