Saudi mega fight: ‘£90m for Fury, £30m for Joshua’

Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury

There is a rumour according to talkSPORT’s Simon Jordan suggesting that purses for Saudi Arabia’s planned heavyweight mega event could amount to £200million, while former WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight world champion, Anthony Joshua would only pocket £30million.

Last month, Jordan first divulged that the Saudis were eyeing the possibility of staging Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder on the same night in December.

This has since been confirmed as true by representatives for Usyk, Joshua and Wilder, with AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn even flying out to the Middle Eastern nation last week for advanced talks.

As yet though, the incredibly complicated deal which would require the assent of all four parties is not yet done.

Giving the latest update, Jordan has now revealed rumours he’s heard about the potential purses each man could receive.

“You start hearing about the distribution deals and how you would buy Anthony Joshua out of DAZN,” Jordan said on talkBOXING, “Or how you would do a dual-broadcast deal.

“Or how maybe the Saudis would cut it. What I’ve been hearing in the loosest of terms is the cut.

“£200million – £90million to Fury, £50million to Usyk and £30million each for Joshua and Wilder.

“That was an interesting piece of understanding that I got from that because I was thinking to myself, ‘Does Joshua accept £30million?'”

Jordan continued: “Who are the two champions? Who are the two A-sides? Who are the two people that are gonna bring the perceived numbers to the Saudis to make it interesting for them to do?

“Then it becomes a carve-up.

“These guys expect to get paid the value. Fury’s got a sense of value of himself and he will take it as a point of principle.

“Because ultimately if there’s gonna be x-amount of money on the table, [he] wants the bulk of it.”

Some have suggested that Fury’s financial demands may be stalling the proposal, to which Jordan said: “If Fury wants the most money, he’s gonna be the person most difficult to deal with.

“That means the negotiations will be more complicated.

“If it’s cut the way I’ve been suggested it may well be cut – £90million to Fury, £50million to Usyk, £30million to Joshua, £30million to Wilder.

“Then I don’t see that Fury would be someone stopping it.”

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