Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn claims Tyson Fury’s heavyweight title fight with Oleksandr Usyk is ‘not big enough’ for Saudi Arabia because Anthony Joshua is not involved

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Eddie Hearn has a theory about why Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk’s undisputed heavyweight title clash will not take place in Saudi Arabia.

The WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO heavyweight world title showdown was initially expected to take place in Saudi Arabia before a new destination was announced.

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Earlier this week, it was reported that the Saudis are been unable to confirm if their new Jeddah stadium would be completed in time to host the bout on April 29.

Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk

As a result, the promoters have now turned their attention to London’s Wembley Stadium, where Fury defended his WBC heavyweight title by knocking out Dillian Whyte in April 2022.

However, the head of Matchroom Sports, which is the main rival to Fury’s UK co-promotional outfit Queensberry, believes the Saudis aren’t interested because one of his fighters is not involved.

Hearn told IFL TV: “The fight’s not big enough. The fight’s not big enough for the money Tyson Fury wants because it doesn’t involve Anthony Joshua.

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“[Joshua] may be the only guy that can command that kind of money, but hopefully we can make Tyson Fury against Anthony Joshua, and then Tyson will get the numbers he wants.”

‘AJ’ has fought twice in Saudi Arabia during his 27-fight career.

Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk

Hearn has promoted two Joshua fights in the Middle East

The boxing superstar first travelled to the Middle East in 2019 for a fight with Andy Ruiz Jr who shockingly stopped him when they first fought in New York earlier in the same year.

In August 2022, he again travelled to Saudi Arabia to try to regain his heavyweight titles from Usyk who dethroned him with ease a year prior.

Joshua lost again, this time by split decision. He’ll try to get his career back on track in April when he takes on Jermaine Franklin at London’s famous O2 Arena.

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A win could well set up a much-discussed clash with Fury.

The British duo have been consistently linked to fighting each other for years but have been unable to make it happen and frustrated fight fans in the process.

If Hearn’s to be believed, money will not be a stumbling block for Fury vs Joshua, and they could well square off later this year in Saudi Arabia.

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