Eddie Hearn Confirms a Mystery Billionaire’s Bid for Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury – ‘Money Is Not an Issue With This Guy’

Published 03/19/2021, 6:05 AM EDT
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – APRIL 19: Promoter Eddie Hearn speaks to the media prior to the Anthony Joshua media workout at EIS Sheffield on April 19, 2017 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)


Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn has revealed some massive news about the Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury bout. The promoter confirmed they had received a bid from an individual billionaire to host the undisputed heavyweight championship fight.

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DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua poses for a photo with the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title belts with Eddie Hearn and Barry Hearn after the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury will finally meet within the ropes after news broke that they had signed a contract. However, there are still several barriers stopping the fight. Most importantly, the financing of the bout. However, Hearn has now provided an update on it.

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The English promoter spoke to the Daily Mail UK and revealed he had a bizarre approach from the middle east.

He said, “I can’t say who it was but it was from a very wealthy individual and he wants to do something very special. We’ve had 20 approaches for this fight but you know which ones are serious. But this one was just well out there. And it’s a realistic option, money is not an issue with this guy.”

Eddie Hearn during the press conference at Emerald Headingley Stadium, Leeds. (Photo by Bradley Collyer/PA Images via Getty Images)

This showed there is no dearth of options for the fight. Despite rumors suggesting that the pandemic would affect the financing of the bout, Hearn’s comment showed how many approaches they have received. Though Hearn admitted it would be a strange move commercially, he revealed it would be a trophy asset for the mystery bidder.

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Eddie Hearn explains why the mystery man wants to finance it

The promoter was equally baffled by the offer from the unnamed person. A fight of this magnitude would require an enormous amount of money and would make little sense for an individual. However, the Matchroom M.D. gave his explanation for why the billionaire bid for it.

Hearn said, “And that’s the mindset of an individual who wants to bring it to his own country. It’s not about selling tickets, it’s not about government investment… it would him be saying “I’d be paying for it”.

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Clearly, whoever it is, wants to finance the fight as a show of superiority. Hearn has previously revealed the different approaches he had received to host the Joshua-Fury. Therefore, this approach could be seen as a case of proving their wealth to the world.

What do you make of this news from Eddie Hearn? Do you think a billionaire has really offered to finance the Fury-Joshua fight? And if yes, will all parties involved accept it?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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