Two-time heavyweight champion AJ, 33, is in talks for a stunning return to the Middle East after failing to claim back his WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO titles from Oleksandr Usyk last year. After suffering a split decision defeat in August, the Watford-born warrior responded by edging past American Jermaine Francis at the O2 Arena, extending his record to 25-3 via unanimous decision.
Steering clear of a calamitous third straight defeat, Matchroom Boxing owner Eddie Hearn is now preparing Joshua’s next bout with discussions taking place over a blockbuster clash against Deontay Wilder.
WBC champion Tyson Fury is also in talks concerning a bumper payday in Saudi Arabia, with promoter Bob Arum supposedly lining up an eagerly-awaited unification fight with Usyk.
Now Derek Chisora, who has worked with the Saudis in further the grudge match between Jake Paul and Tommy Fury‘s grudge clash, has revealed the staggering sums the British pair can expect for fighting in the Middle East. “I think each fighter will make about £150 (million),” he told iFL TV, whilst also endorsing Saudi-based promotion company Skills Challenge.
He added: “Skills Challenge, they don’t want to take over, they just want to put fights which people want to see, in a way where people have to see it. They don’t want to be talking to that promoter, nah, nah, nah.