Saudi Arabia could play host to a heavyweight super series in the not to distant future, as per talkSPORT’s Simon Jordan.
It’s known that the Middle East have a keen interest in staging the biggest fights the sport has to offer, and Saudi was mentioned as a potential site for Tyson Fury to face Oleksandr Usyk’s undisputed contest.
Despite the collapse of those negotiations, reports suggest that the Kingdom is still in play for this coming winter, and, should both men keep their belts and undefeated records in the interim, there’s a very real chance of it going ahead.
This, paired with Deontay Wilder’s reluctance to enter negotiations with ordered opponent, Andy Ruiz Jr, and Anthony Joshua’s recent statement to say that he won’t be fighting until December when July was previously promised, has led Jordan to believe a tournament in the works.
Speaking on his Talk Boxing podcast, the host revealed the rumours.
“I wanted to talk about the landscape of what is likely to be happening in the heavyweight division. Because there’s a lot of things going around…
“There’s a lingering observation and, I suppose rumour, that’s seeded I think in some substance – that there is a series of fights being arranged in the Middle East that involve Fury, Usyk, Joshua and Wilder.”
“Three fights being made which is Fury vs Usyk, Wilder vs Joshua and the two winners of those fights meeting again in the Middle East for the ultimate showdown.
“That would align with the dynamic of the reasons why Anthony Joshua isn’t fighting until December.”
Whilst fans would jump at the chance, the logistics may be recognised as pie in the sky – especially given the contenders and champions mentioned have, mostly, consistently failed to agree terms over the years.