Via Barry Holbrook: Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua 2 deal site was a whopping $80 million to host their rematch in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The Daily Star is reporting on the $80 million deal for a Usyk-Joshua II rematch, surpassing the $60 million deal for Joshua’s December 2019 rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr at Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
Joshua’s fans have been chilled with his rematch being held in Saudi Arabia as many of them will not be able to watch the competition live.
But maybe that’s for the best as Joshua has a high chance of losing to IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Usyk, and it will relieve the stress of fans watching their hero AJ get beaten up live. .
$80 million is a new record for a site deal, but that number will likely be surpassed if Joshua beats Usyk and the retiring Tyson Fury takes on AJ.
It’s hard not to believe the competition won’t work out in Saudi Arabia because that’s where the money for the big battles is.
If Usyk wins the rematch against Joshua, it’s unclear if Fury will be drawn back to the ring as he is talking about wanting a ridiculous amount of money to further his career.
Some boxing fans believe Fury’s high asking price is his way of avoiding a fight with Usyk. In other words, asking for a ridiculous amount of money gives Fury a way out of having to fight Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) if he beats Joshua again.
To escape criticism for knocking Usyk down, Fury was able to tell the media that his $500 million asking price was not met. But in reality, Fury doesn’t fancy the chance to defeat the talented Usyk, who would be a nightmare for him thanks to his mobility, high energy, and speedy fighting style.
Fury has become slow and sloth-like since carrying a ton of weight since 2020. Some of Fury’s game slowness is due to his age, but another part is he decided to fight in the 270+ lb area.
“It’s not hard to hit Usyk because he’s standing right in front of you, so Joshua can obviously land a big punch on him,” Tyson Fury said. Gareth A Davies when asked if Anthony Joshua could beat Oleksandr Usyk in the rematch.
“I just think Usyk is too cute for him, too smart and too quick and a southern man,” Fury continued. “I think Robert Garcia is trying to coach him [Joshua] walk on front foot and be aggressive will only allow Usyk to land more often.
“I just think Usyk is a very good boxer, and I don’t think AJ is capable of pressuring him for 12 rounds and dragging him into a dogfight and knocking him down. You must be an excellent human being, especially for that, and I don’t think Joshua possesses that will to win‘ Fury said.