Nigerian-born world heavyweight boxing champion, Anthony Olaseni Oluwafemi Joshua has received a juicy offer for another fight in Saudi Arabia, where he won a host rematch with Mexico’s Andy Ruiz Jnr on December 7, megasportsarena.com reports.
With the victory over Ruiz going into the annals of world boxing as another epochal night in the roped square, as Joshua joined the ranks of two-time holders of the global belts, Saudi lords are setting him up for another major bout on their soil.
This time, the opponent is expected to be either America’s Deontay Wilder or fellow-Brit, Tyson Fury, who are both set for a rematch of their own next month, ahead of which ‘AJ’ has huge site offer to stage an undisputed world title clash against the winner in Saudi Arabia.
‘AJ’ regained his world titles with a rematch win over Ruiz at Diriyah Arena in December and his promoter, Eddie Hearn now hopes to head back to the Middle East for a blockbuster battle at the end of 2020.
Wilder defends his WBC title against Fury in Las Vegas on February 22, while Joshua plans to put his WBA, IBF and WBO belts at stake against Kubrat Pulev in London in May or June, but Hearn, the Matchroom Boxing Promotions boss wants to split a massive fight purse down the middle for Joshua and the reigning WBC champion after holding recent talks with Saudi officials.
Hearn told Sky Sports: “We have to try and make that happen. Right now, the fight that Anthony Joshua wants is the winner of Wilder and Fury.
“We’ve been there before. Both guys have turned down 60-40 for that fight and now we have no other option, but to offer them 50-50, because the fight will never happen, subject to the boss giving the thumbs up, which I think he knows that’s the way to make this fight.
“We have a huge site offer in place for that fight to take place. We have a partnership out there in Saudi Arabia. They put the money up for the Andy Ruiz fight. Everything they promised, they delivered. They want this fight bad and when they’ve got that kind of attitude and mentality, it’s going to be difficult to beat.”