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By Richard Damerell and Adam Smith
Last updated: 08/05/20 7:21 am
Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury should settle their “engagements” to set up a fight “Super Bowl”, America being always the preferred place, declared the president of Top Rank, Todd DuBoef.
A heavyweight battle between Joshua and Fury, the two British world champions, continues to be discussed, with promoter Eddie Hearn revealing that initial offers have been made to organize the fight for the undisputed title this year.
Official negotiations have not yet started, and promotion company Top Rank, which has an influence on Fury’s career, believes that the Briton still has to fight a third contractual fight with Deontay Wilder, while Joshua has to defend his titles against Kubrat Pulev, its mandatory challenger.
“It’s just gossip, in my opinion,” said DuBoef Sky Sports. “I think the fundamental goal for everyone is to keep the commitments they both have and keep it simple, and if they both exceed them, let’s go and do it.
“If it was early 2021, that’s fine, but I think it was under these circumstances that the gossip started to come back, it was because of this break in events.”
Top Rank also represents Pulev, who insisted this week not to step down to allow Joshua-Fury to perform, and his manager Ivaylo Gotsev even suggested organizing the fight for the WBA, IBF and WBO belts in an amphitheater Roman in Croatia.
This is the place proposed by the manager of Kubrat Pulev for the fight of Anthony Joshua!
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“The simplest scenario for all of us – is to leave Joshua, hopefully, if he can get past Pulev, which is going to be a tough compulsory fight for him, and let Tyson get back in the ring with Wilder and then put up the semi-finals for the finals, “said DuBoef. “For the big Super Bowl, the big UEFA championship match between Joshua and Fury.
“For me, it’s the cleanest and probably the simplest way, where everyone respects their commitments. It would obviously be the preference, in the order of fights, in the simplest way.”
Pulev manager Ivaylo Gotsev reiterated the Bulgarian’s reluctance to accept a withdrawal agreement, which could allow the Joshua-Fury fight.
Asked if Joshua should complete his compulsory IBF fight, Gotsev said Sky Sports: “Absolutely. It is the only thing he can really do, unless he wants to go against the agreements that have been made.
If he can go through a wall, he will go through Pulev, but chances are he can crash into that wall
Ivaylo Gotsev, manager of Kubrat Pulev
“We expect him to do the right thing. He’s a proud young man, he’s just been crowned again, so show your worth.
“It’s one thing to go over there and say, ‘I’m going to cross Kubrat Pulev’, well, try to do it then. Not in words, go up like a man and keep your promises right. S ‘He can walk through a wall, he will cross Pulev, but chances are he can crash into that wall. “
Saudi Arabia, the place of Joshua’s victory over Andy Ruiz Jr, has reportedly been proposed as a potential location for British rivals, although DuBoef believes Fury could stay in the United States, particularly after the financial success of his revenge with Wilder.
“I think the success of major events, the greatest events in the history of combat sports, originated in America,” he said.
“I come back to that. I think the impact and the success of a PPV distributed in the United States until late hours, or early in the morning, let’s call it in the UK – we’ve seen that be very successful and the fans are connected and will stay put.
“My heart tells me that this would be the ideal place, but obviously we would be open to any site and any prospective dynamic that would be different.
“Doing a fight in the UK would be fantastic. The two guys are larger than life and synchronizing that with the United States. But as we just said, if it was the old world, we’d just done less $ 17 million with Fury and Wilder and I’m not sure there was a door in the UK that did this.
“I think we will have to weigh all the different circumstances and if there were places outside, like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Asia, whatever, we obviously would weigh them too.”
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