Heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury has revealed that he was recently offered £82 million to fight Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch of their epic clash.
Back in November, the 'Gypsy King' shocked the boxing world by handing Klitschko just the fourth defeat of his 20-year boxing career and talks had reportedly reached an advanced stage to stage the rematch on an Arabian sheikh's super-yacht.
According to the Daily Mail, the fight would have been a private event staged in front of just 120 spectators, each expected to pay £1 million for the privilege.
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Speaking on Wednesday, Fury said: "The sheik wanted us to fight as we sailed on an exclusive cruise with just 120 millionaires on board paying one million dollars each to watch,’ says Fury. ‘No TV, no press. Just some of the wealthiest men in the world. And it was deadly serious.
"Wladimir was up for it. I was super up for it as I would have been getting the lion’s share of the $120million (£82m). It fell through in the end and one of the problems was our fans being shut out."
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Fortunately, for the rest of the boxing world, those talks have fallen through with Wembley and various football stadiums in Germany being mooted as alternative venues.
However, Fury was quick to dispel the idea that anything is set at this moment: "‘Nothing has been agreed. We are in negotiation with two Middle East venues, Abu Dhabi and Qatar, Croke Park in Dublin, Wembley and for Germany again.
"To be honest, after the first fight in Dusseldorf it’s only right that Wladimir returns the favour by coming to England. We’ll only go back to Germany if it makes the most sense financially. Although if that’s the way it is I’ll still beat him again. And this time, I’ll knock him out because he’ll have to come after me and that will leave him open."
Exciting times in the heavyweight division
Due to the exciting nature of the heavyweight division at this time, Fury can expect to be involved in more high-profile fights should he fulfill his promise and defeat Klitschko again.
As the undefeated holder of the WBC belt, Deontay Wilder is a likely opponent for Fury in a fight that could unify the heavyweight division for the first time since 1999.
Meanwhile, Britain's Anthony Joshua continues to impress in his fledgling career with his recent win over Dylan White demonstrating both his endurance and ability to take a punch. Unsurprisingly, though, Fury is unperturbed by the prospect of fighting the next big thing in British boxing stating: "I’ll take care of the young guns like Anthony Joshua."
Joshua's next opponent is expected to be announced soon, with Joseph Parker the most likely candidate.
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