After weeks of tireless negotiations, the heavyweight super-fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua is reportedly close to being agreed with more than six countries competing to stage the mega-event, according to AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn. 

With Britain and Wembley Stadium effectively ruled out by a rampant new strain of the Coronavirus, a number of exotic locales are in the running to host Fury-Joshua with cash-rich regions of the Middle East inevitably the favoured destination for the bout in either May or June.

“We’ve had over half a dozen offers from different countries and interest from another three or four,” Hearn told The Mirror.

“We’ve had one from Australia, we’ve had conversations in Singapore and Saudi, Qatar, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, in Eastern Europe, in America.

“The Middle East will be very aggressive and be front runners in this, but we’ve had a lot of offers from territories we might not have thought are players in this, but I believe they are.

“I think really someone said to me how long do you think before the fight contract is signed? And I said I think in the next four weeks.”

WBC king Fury and WBA Super, WBO and IBF champion Joshua provisionally agreed to a two-fight series last year with the latter’s ninth round KO over Kubrat Pulev last month the final hurdle before negotiations began in earnest.