Record money after Kubrat Pulev KO, boxing news, location, date

Boxing heavyweight champions Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury are on course to agree to two mega fights worth a staggering $880 million (£500m).

After Joshua on Sunday blew away Kubrat Pulev to defend his WBA, WBO and IBF belts, his promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed discussions have already begun to find a venue and a TV partner for the Battle of Britain.

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Fury’s promoter Bob Arum said he will discuss plans with Hearn on Tuesday (AEDT) — starting with a £200m showdown in the Middle East.

A potential rematch would be preferred in the UK, in front of 90,000 at Wembley Stadium. The added gate revenue and expected hype would see the re-match revenue soar to £300 million.

The combined $880 million deal would become the third richest fight purse in the history of boxing. Only Floyd Mayweather’s historic showdown with Manny Pacquiao in 2015 ($1.23 billion) and Mayweather’s win over Conor McGregor ($1.2 billion) have recorded greater revenue.

Joshua refused to call out the Gypsy King directly for their planned 2021 clash after stopping Pulev in the ninth round at Wembley Arena.

WBC champ Fury then said his rival “s*** himself on live TV” after watching Joshua refuse to say his name.

Joshua eventually responded: “That’s good to hear. At least I can get him in the ring. “That’s what we want, right?”

Matchroom boss Hearn insists Joshua is just tired of the theatrics.

Hearn said: “We are all in for that fight and actually what we should be doing is finalising it.

“The only thing that needs to be resolved is where it is going to be and a couple of TV issues. That is it. Everyone is completely in on the finances.

“We sign an agreement and then go to a conversation about the various sites.

“That’s what they did for Fury vs Deontay Wilder — signed the fight, then went to see where they could get the money.

“We need to write to the governing bodies and say, yes, we have a deal and we will confirm dates shortly for what I suppose will be the end of May.”

Hearn confirmed last week Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi and Qatar are the leading contenders to take the first fight.

As a packed Wembley Stadium is unlikely to happen so soon after the pandemic, a £100m site fee is attractive.

And the two-hour difference should help them smash all UK pay-per-view records, with Hearn targeting around 2.2m buys.

But it is the lucky TV companies in America — AJ’s backers DAZN and Fury’s ESPN — who now have to decide if they can work together.

Arum, who promotes Fury in the US, tweeted: “It looks like the stage is set for the biggest heavyweight championship fight since Ali-Frazier in 1971.

“We will start on Tuesday working to put that fight together.”

Joshua and Fury are set to split the first fight 50/50 — with the winner taking 60 per cent from a rematch.

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Anthony Joshua knocks out rival Kubrat Pulev to retain heavyweight titles | UK News

Anthony Joshua has retained his heavyweight titles after knocking out Kubrat Pulev in the ninth round of their match.

Bookies’ favourite Joshua had put his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight championship belts on the line against Pulev, an IBF mandatory challenger, as they fought in their world heavyweight title bout at Wembley Arena.

The British fighter lasted nine rounds with the Bulgarian before landing him a huge right hand to KO his rival.

Kubrat Pulevis is knocked to the floor in the ninth round

Joshua quickly left the ring afterwards to embrace former boxing star Floyd Mayweather at the ringside.

Ahead of the match, former boxing star Mayweather called Joshua a “hell of a fighter and a gentleman”.

The Watford-born star, 31, walked out to The White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army as the 1,000 fans in the arena belted out his name.

In the first round, both men were cagey at first, with Joshua the first to throw a punch before Pulev responded with a jab.

Things heated up in the third round and Pulev found himself in trouble, eventually being floored by Joshua.

But the Bulgarian was soon hitting back fiercely and holding his ground.

However, it was not enough to overcome Joshua, who landed four uppercuts before sending Pulev toppling to the floor.

As the Bulgarian rose to his feet, his rival unleashed a knockout blow.

Speaking after his win, Joshua told reporters: “I hope everyone was satisfied tonight.

“For me, I stuck to what I know best, boxing. You ask the crowd what they want to see!”

The rivals fought in Wembley Arena, London
The rivals fought in Wembley Arena, London

It was Joshua’s first fight in the UK for two years and it sets the stage for him to face fellow British boxing champion Tyson Fury in a fight planned for 2021.

Britain’s heavyweight rivals hold all the world boxing titles after Fury claimed the WBC belt with a stoppage win over Deontay Wilde in Las Vegas.

The pair have agreed to a heavyweight showdown in what is likely to be billed as the biggest fight in British boxing history.

Coincidentally, Tyson’s Fury first cousin Hughie Fury, who is also a heavyweight, won his fight earlier in the night by unanimous decision.

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Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev: world heavyweight boxing – live!

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There are 1,000 fans at Wembley, and yet still, and possibly defying Covid regs, they are all belting out Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline. There are beers being supped and bald-headed, portly gentlemen swaying away. Social distancing in short supply, perhaps.

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Floyd Mayweather is in the house, and calls Anthony Joshua a “hell of a fighter and a gentleman”. What function he is fulfilling by being in London is not made clear though he is fighting that lad off YouTube in February. Floyd, fully masked up, has a rather fetching and no doubt ridiculously expensive flecked jacket on.

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