According to rumours, the boxing world could be a step closer to seeing a potential unification bout between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury. It has been revealed that there are offers on the table from around the world, but nothing has been discussed at this early point.
There have been growing calls for the unification bout to happen before the end of the year, with the Joshua/Pulev and Fury/Wilder fights both in doubt. Meanwhile, the bouts involving Dillian Whyte and Katie Taylor will both take place behind closed doors.
The coronavirus means that both fights are likely to be delayed, which means a potential unification fight before the end of the year could finally be on the cards. The reports have indicated that both parties are in constant discussions as they look to weigh up where they could hold the money-spinning event. There have been no discussions at this point regarding the split of the money, with just feelers put out regarding how much money the event could make.
Where Could Potentially Host Joshua vs Fury
The talks surrounding where could potentially host the biggest boxing event in the past 20 years has been constantly ongoing, and there are a number of venues that have repeatedly popped up. Saudi Arabia are reportedly interested in hosting the event following on from the successful bout that they staged between Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr. in Saudi Arabia will be able to offer the most money, but whether both fighters will be keen to take the fight there for the magnitude of this fight remains to be seen.
The most obvious venue would see the two Brits go face to face at Wembley. The national stadium in England would be the romantic venue, but may not be the most lucrative for both fighters. Joshua and Fury will be aware that the level of interest in the bout will be at its highest in the United Kingdom, and should they decide to take the fight elsewhere there will probably be a backlash.
When Could The Bout Potentially Take Place?
Due to the coronavirus, the July and October dates that were put aside for Fury vs Wilder will likely be postponed, and any chance of a unification fight will depend on the American agreeing to step aside to let it happen. The date that the fight takes place between Joshua and Fury will have a huge bearing on where the bout will take place. Should it be between October and March, then it would be unlikely to take place at Wembley.
The main reason for that would be the weather conditions in the UK being too unpredictable for an outdoors event. The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium may be another option, with that stadium having the option for a roof. However, between them months, the most likely destination would be Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, if it was to take place during the British summer, then the most likely destination would have to be in the United Kingdom. Boxing fans will be waiting for further developments surrounding this dream bout.