The promoter of Tyson Fury Bob Arum has now confirmed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the location both sides have agreed to for Joshua Fury. A site deal for Joshua Fury reportedly worth over $100,000,000 is being contracted and expected to be signed this week. Once this contract is signed, Joshua Fury will be officially announced.
Saudi Arabia has long been the favourite to host Joshua vs Fury after their success in organising Joshua Ruiz 2 and Promoter Eddie Hearn’s close working relationship with Prince Khalid of Saudi Arabia. Other Countries in the running were Qatar, Uzbekistan, Russia, the United States (Las Vegas) and the United Kingdom (Wembley).
Joshua Fury: Date, Venue, Location
Joshua Fury will take place in a region of Saudi Arabia called Jeddah in a new indoor stadium although the exact location has not been papered and will not be decided before the announcement of the fight. Jeddah previously hosted Callum Smith vs George Groves in the WBSS Final (September 2018) but did not host Joshua Ruiz 2 which took place in Riyadh.
The date for Joshua Fury has been narrowed down although not 100% concrete as of yet. 3 Dates in the running are July 24, July 31 and August 7 which are all concurrent and potential dates although both sides have stated that they would not like the fight to run into August and would prefer for it to take place in July. The Specific date is ultimately up to the site.
Additionally, Eddie Hearn is planning to run ‘Fight Camp Series 2’ in August and a clash is not ideal. July 3 was not plausible. July 10 will be McGregor Porier 3 and July 17 is not an option due to Hajj. The Fight will have to be in an indoor venue as the heat in Saudi Arabia (40 Degrees Celsius) in those months make an outdoor stadium impossible.
Joshua Fury: Broadcaster Situation Insight
Anthony Joshua has had his last 4 fights broadcasted on DAZN but due to Tyson Fury’s Exclusive US Deal with ESPN, Bob Arum has informed BoxingScene.com that Joshua Fury will be exclusively broadcasted on ESPN + PPV in the United States. As it is an afternoon fight, the price point is yet to be decided but expected to be lower than typical PPV’s; potentially at $49.95.
In the UK & Ireland, Joshua Fury will be historic in being the first-ever joint PPV between both BT Sport and Sky Sports PPV Platforms (Box Office). The Price point is also undecided but likely to be higher than the £24.95 price point used for the last two AJ fights and Fury Wilder 2. There have been several suggestions of it being as low as £29.95 and as high as £49.95.
OTT Streaming Service DAZN will carry the global broadcasting rights for the fight everywhere else in the world (excluding the host country) and this will be very significant for the growth of DAZN as there is significant worldwide interest in Joshua Fury around the world especially in European markets where DAZN have already established themselves.
By Darshan Desai
Joshua Fury: July/August Saudi Arabia; PPV