Boxing superstar Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn believes it’s only a “matter of time” before Dubai or Abu Dhabi host a major boxing match.
Hearn’s company, Matchroom Sport have organized several Darts events in Dubai and believed both Dubai and Abu Dhabi tick all the boxes for hosting a fight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder. According to Gulf News, Hearn said “We’ve done darts events in Dubai and we speak to them all the time, that’s ready-made for a major boxing event, as is Abu Dhabi.”
Negotiations on and off
Despite both the cities being ideal venues for the match, a deal has never gone forward to host a major boxing event after monetary talks always seem to stall, the main reason is the risk of profitability. If fights aren’t hosted at either of the players’ home ground, there’s a risk of less attendees and low pay-per-views. Hearn explained “You’re losing live gate receipts and proportions of pay-per-view revenue because of the fact it’s not on home soil and the timing is a little different, it would cost anywhere between US $30-50 million for a sizeable fight ranging from Joshua-Wilder to Khan-Pacquiao.”
Jeddah fight a wake-up call
Saudi Arabia’s commercial hub, Jeddah hosted the World Boxing Series final between George Groves and Callum Smith last week. The match was a historic one, bringing the two boxing superstars to a new region and promoting the sport to a new market. Hearn hopes the fight encourages the UAE to host a boxing event. He said “I think what’s good about this is that it might have woken people up in those territories to think ‘oh they did it and it went down quite well actually.’
Wilder-Fury match confirmed
Meanwhile, a match between the flamboyant Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury is happening on 1st December. The two boxing stars had a heated exchange of words at a press conference this week. “Deontay Wilder doesn’t possess anything I’m scared of. Punches just bounce off me, they don’t do anything. I’m a powerful man,” said Fury.
Whereas, Wilder finds the British boxer “scared,” saying “He’s timid when he’s around me. He looks at the floor, doesn’t make eye contact, all that sort of stuff. Even when he’s around me off stage.” If Wilder defeats the Briton, his chances of fighting Anthony Joshua could be a possibility, with Dubai being a potential host venue.