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Eddie Hearn admits pressures over Joshua vs Fury clash

Tyson Fury versus Anthony Joshua showdown hot cake in search of venue

 

Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn wants the second Super fight between Nigeria born pugilist Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury to take place in Cardiff.

The 41 year old father of two however admits that pressures are mounting to stage the hugely anticipated British heavyweight showdowns abroad.

Joshua and Fury have agreed a two-fight deal for one of the biggest heavyweight contests in boxing history.

The first fight is set to take place overseas this summer with the rematch expected towards the end of the year.

Hearn, who hopes to stage the second fight in the UK, told Boxing Scene: “At the moment as a country we have got better things to spend our money on than a major sporting event.

“We will be under a lot of pressure for that fight not to be in the UK but I don’t want both of them to be outside the UK if I can at all help it.”

With the rematch expected to take place in November or December, the fight would need to be under a roof because of the weather – which opens the door to using the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

Joshua last fought at the stadium in 2018 when he defeated Joseph Parker on points.

It seems inevitable the first blockbuster fight will go abroad despite the clamour to stage the contest in the UK.

Hearn said: “We’ve had conversations with Australia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Eastern Europe, America.

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“We’ve had so many approaches in the past about so many different fights. Generally, half of them are real and half are someone who’s trying to spin some commission.

“That’s why I want to get into a position where we can go out collectively to talk to these people once a deal is in place.

“I think the Middle East will be very aggressive and will be frontrunners in this.

 

 

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