Boxing fans were left disappointed this week when it was suggested that a proposed blockbuster boxing fight night in Saudi Arabia in December could be in jeopardy. The event was set to feature two heavyweight bouts involving four of the sport’s biggest names, with Tyson Fury taking on Oleksandr Usyk in a historic unification heavyweight title match, and Anthony Joshua going head-to-head against Deontay Wilder. However, it now appears that Joshua will be given the chance to fight in the summer before potentially facing Wilder at the end of the year, meaning that any bout with the ‘Bronze Bomber’ will be off the table should AJ lose.
Despite the excitement among boxing fans at the prospect of such a high-caliber event, it’s worth noting that it’s not yet clear whether the fights will actually take place. While promoter Eddie Hearn has hinted that talks are ongoing, there is a healthy dose of scepticism among fans who have been disappointed by high-profile fights collapsing in the past.
Nevertheless, if the fights do go ahead, boxing enthusiasts can expect an epic night of heavyweight action. Hearn has talked up the possibility of hosting both Fury-Usyk and Joshua-Wilder on the same night, in what would undoubtedly be a costly but historic event. Whether it will be possible to pull off remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure: an epic night of boxing awaits if everything falls into place.