Saudi Arabia pulls out of Usyk-Fury fight over Joshua? Catterall’s opinion


Promoter Eddie HearnMatchroom Boxing) recently told his version of the protracted negotiations over the organization of the fight for the title of absolute heavyweight champion between British Tyson Fury (33-0-1, 24 KOs) and Ukrainian Oleksandr Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs). He believes that all this is due to his VIP client, former British division champion Anthony Joshua (24-3, 22 KOs) – allegedly it is he who attracts investors there most of all.

But is it really so?
Opinion British columnist Adam Catterall: “What did you want to hear from Hearn? He is Joshua’s man. But I still will not say that his words do not make sense. After all, AJ remains a commercial colossus. And he still can make local investors as generous as possible.”

Catterall believes that the current situation carries reputational risks for Fury: “He will not look very good if the two fights that he announced – against Usyk and last year with Joshua – do not take place. And I’m sure that now everything depends solely on him. The best must fight the best. Dot”.

Catterall speculated about whether Fury and Usyk “can garner over 1 million pay-per-views? If so, then this is already a huge fight. After all, look at the current state of affairs. Who last collected over a million? I would really like this fight to collect at least 1 million PPV. But not sure if it’s real. After all, Fury never even came close to that figure. Even when he fought Deontay Wilder. Yes, I remember about time zones. But even in Britain, he never came close to selling a million. The only one in Britain who has managed to overcome this mark is precisely Joshua.

So why won’t Saudi Arabia accept the Usyk-Fury fight? There is a Davis version.

A little earlier, the British side made it clear that negotiations with the Ukrainian were more difficult than they expected. Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum even said that “Krasyuk should shut up.” He does not hide much that he would prefer to avoid Fury’s fight with the Ukrainian champion: “But if Usyk left …”