Tyson Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has confirmed that the Gypsy King’s two fights with Anthony Joshua will take place outside of the UK in 2021.
Fury does not hold a British boxing license, which means the two-fight deal - estimated to be worth £55 million to both athletes - will most likely be held in Las Vegas or Saudi Arabia.
Warren said, as per The Sun: "The most important thing was the terms and the guys both wanted a two-fight deal.
"That we got over the line and now we're in a position where we can all move forward together to make it happen.
"I'd love it to go on in the UK, I think we'd all like that.
"But I'm being very realistic. I do think it will happen abroad."
AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn, meanwhile, told BBC: “If we can find a way to do it in the UK, it would be very special. Certainly one of the two fights, at least.
“There have been offers from the middle east, from China [and] the US”.
Las Vegas Raiders’ new £1.6 billion, 65,000-seat stadium has been suggested as a potential venue for the so-called ‘Battle of Britain’.
Hearn confirmed that the two-fight deal had been agreed yesterday, though he told BBC that there are still “hurdles to overcome”.
He is optimistic that significant progress has been made already, however, saying: “Sometimes, the most difficult element of that deal is the financial element but that’s been dealt with, so we’re in a good position.”
With the fights almost certainly taking place abroad, most British boxing fans will be waiting for broadcasting rights to be announced, with BT and Sky Sports likely to share coverage of the two fights in the UK.
Another key issue to be resolved before Fury and Joshua step into the ring is AJ’s mandatory challenger fight with Oleksandr Usyk, and Fury's rematch with Wilder.
The World Boxing Organisation’s president Paco Valcarcel said on Twitter that he loves to see Joshua fighting Fury for the undisputed, but WBO mandatory Usyk should be next.
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