Eddie Hearn has teased that the rumoured heavyweight super card has substance and that he is preparing to head to Saudi Arabia next week to open negotiations to stage the star-studded event in December.
It has been rumoured that the Matchroom Boxing managing director has been planning to put together a huge card later this year that will see Anthony Joshua take on Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury face Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight championship.
Boxing fans have been left disappointed with the heavyweight division's inability to make the biggest fights, particularly regarding Fury, who has seen fights collapse against both Joshua and Usyk collapse over the past year. The Gypsy King has been quick to blame the other parties for the bouts falling through but he has been the constant variable in the two events that have failed to materialise.
Speaking to the Lightweight Boxing Show, Hearn stated his plans to begin talks next week to get the event up and running.
“It’s realistic because Saudi Arabia means business and we’ve done deals there before, easily and frequently,” he said.
“There’s no negotiations [already] but I fly there next week to start those negotiations. Subject to the deal, which has never been a problem with them [Saudi Arabia], AJ will fight Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury - no problem at all.”
Hearn added that Saudi Arabia is only open to staging the super card if every major fighter is on board to fight on it.
“They need all four fighters on board to make it happen. I’m sure Usyk will do it, I know Deontay Wilder will do it.
The 43-year-old also suggested that WBC heavyweight champion Fury will feel that he has the power to make or break this card.
“Tyson Fury will think he holds the key to it. He’s going to fight Andy Ruiz Jr I believe in July, a decent warm-up fight for him.”
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