Over the last couple of years, we have seen a shift in the amount of big box office fights being staged in the UK. With the UK’s biggest stars opting to go and fight across the pond, the likes of Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury, Amir Khan, Carl Frampton, Callum Smith the list goes on, this is not unusual the United States has long been considered the ‘mecca’ of boxing but following the success of Anthony Joshua’s victory over Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia, it looks like a lot more fights could be heading to the Middle East in the near future.
During an interview conducted by IFL TV when asked about the rumors that Fury-Joshua won’t happen in the UK Eddie Hearn has stated:
“No it won’t… I can’t see how it does, I just can’t see … I mean for me it should happen in the UK and if there’s a way to do it we will do it but the problem is the money that could be generated, because the government here don’t invest in bringing mega events to the UK, They don’t necessarily need to”
A lot of UK fans have expressed disappointment at hearing this, it seems a bit of a slap in the face to the 80,000 – 90,000 fans that have continuously packed out Wembley & the Principality Stadium that the biggest fight in British boxing history involving two British Heavyweights won’t be staged in the UK. But from Matchroom’s perspective and the fighters, it’s simply too much money to be turned down.
The concern for the UK & the US is with all the huge amounts of money being offered in ‘site fee’s’ will all the major fights be heading to the Middle East from now on? Will we ever see 90,000 fans pack out Wembley Stadium for a boxing event again?
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