Skill Challenge Entertainment’s audacious four-man heavyweight tournament appears to be growing some legs. The Saudi Arabian promotional outfit plans to bring the quadruple of Tyson Fury, Oleksandr Usyk, Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua to the Middle East to shock the boxing world.
ProBox TV News spoke exclusively to Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn to get his thoughts on the almost unimaginable night of boxing touted for the end of the year.
“Saudi want the undisputed fight and they want Joshua against Wilder.” Hearn said. “I can’t speak on behalf of Fury, but what I do know is that we want to fight Fury or Wilder subject to the deal. Which has never been a problem for them before, and it wouldn’t be now [either] but we do need to go through that process.
“At the moment it has only been a few conversations, now I’m flying over next week and we shall see the real substance of it. A lot of that will hinge on the fight in July, we want Joshua to fight in July. But we will see how the negotiations go next week.”
The two-time world champion had been scheduled to get back in the ring this summer following his return to winning ways over Jermaine Franklin. However, the ambitious heavyweight project has thrown a spanner into the works. Joshua took to social media to tell fans; he would not be back until the end of the year.
“I think it was just the presumption that we we go through with this in December, we may not fight in July.” Hearn continued. “People wouldn’t want him to fight in July because of the size of the fight in December. But I would like him to fight in the summer I think all the others will fight in the summer. So we would like to do the same.”