Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua must take place in America, claims Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum
Tyson Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum insists that a potential fight with Anthony Joshua should take place in the USA.
The ‘Gypsy King’ inked a pact with Arum’s Top Rank and American broadcaster ESPN alongside original promoter Frank Warren and UK broadcaster BT Sport earlier this year.
After doing so, he opted out of an immediate rematch with Deontay Wilder and will now face Tom Schwarz on June 15 instead, with the aim of gaining exposure Stateside before setting up another big showdown.
Bob Arum told reporters: “Fury is gonna be made into a huge attraction in the United States, which he isn’t yet.
“We’re gonna get tremendous publicity for him, he’s gonna fight twice this year in America.
“Then we’ll look for early next year to match Fury with either Wilder or Joshua, but I want that fight to be held in the United States because it’ll be a pay-per-view fight that’ll do two million homes.”
When asked if he had any preference as to whether Fury’s next big fight would be against Anthony Joshua or Deontay Wilder, the promoter simply replied: “Who cares? As long as the fight is in the United States.”
It was then put to Arum that a potential match-up between Fury and Joshua – the biggest fight in British boxing history – would do huge business in the fighters’ home country.
However, the 87-year-old is adamant that more money can be made by doing the bout in America.
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He explained: “Oh definitely [it would do well] in England, but the money is in the United States.
“In England, they’re gonna do well – what does ‘well’ mean? They’ll do a million homes, but they only get $13 a home.
“And there’s no pay-per-view in the United States if it’s in England because it’s in the afternoon [US time].
“So you do it in the United States and you do two million homes, which is then $70million into the promotion.
“And you can still do pay-per-view in England at 4am. Maybe you won’t do a million homes, you’ll do 600,000, but it’s a no-brainer.
“It’s all about the Benjamins… or the pounds. Wherever it makes the most financial sense, that’s where the fight should happen.”
Source: SportsLatest TS