Anthony Joshua’s proposed heavyweight unification bout in opposition to Tyson Fury might be delayed till November or December if a website deal isn’t agreed ‘in two weeks’.
Saudi Arabia is the almost definitely vacation spot, though it’s understood the location charge may rise by £100million if pushed again till the winter months.
Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed on Monday afternoon contracts have been signed for a two-fight, though there was neither a date nor a venue confirmed.
Hearn informed ESPN on Monday they’re aiming to get a venue ‘confirmed within the subsequent month’ they usually have already had affords from ‘eight or 9 websites’ throughout ‘a number of international locations within the Center East, Asia, japanese Europe and America’.
The struggle between Joshua and Fury will see all 4 belts contested in a heavyweight bout for the primary time in historical past, with Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield competing for 3 belts again in 1999.
Nevertheless, talkSPORT understands it’s unlikely the primary struggle will likely be within the UK, with a deal needing to be agreed inside the subsequent fortnight to take the struggle to the Center East.
Talking on Tuesday morning, Jim White confirmed failure to achieve an settlement inside that deadline may see the primary struggle pushed again to shut to CHRISTMAS.
He stated: “That is what we all know this morning; they’ve about two weeks to get a website deal – the place the precise first struggle goes to occur.
“Saudi Arabia is the out-and-out favorite in that, but when they don’t obtain that then the struggle in June or July will simply not occur.
“It is going to be scheduled for November or perhaps December, a lot additional into the 12 months. The location charge might be as a lot as £150million in December, versus £50m in June.”
Frank Warren, who promotes Fury alongside Bob Arum, joined the Sports activities Breakfast on Tuesday morning to verify ‘there’s a lengthy option to go’ earlier than something is formally confirmed.
He stated: “Everyone signed an settlement that there can be no bulletins except they have been joint bulletins and that got here out the blue yesterday.
“We’re all not comfortable however it’s on the market now – there may be nothing we will do about that.
“However there’s a lengthy option to go but in as a lot we’ve to kind out venues. We have now a pair venues we’re taking a look at and that’s the place we’re.
“I imagine it’ll occur after they get within the ring. We’ve nonetheless obtained a option to go. However everyone is on the identical web page to make this work. We’re all collectively working to get a venue sorted now.”