Bob Arum has questioned the logistics of holding a Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua fight in Saudi Arabia.
Fans are desperate to see the two British fighters do battle in a world heavyweight unification bout, especially after Fury’s sensational victory over Deontay Wilder in February.
However, the coronavirus crisis has put the boxing and sporting world to a standstill and it’s not clear when it will be able to return as normal.
Joshua was due to fight Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in June but the global health crisis has postponed it.
Some may hope that a Fury vs Joshua bout could be arranged, with Saudi Arabia being tipped as a location for it.
But Arum, who deals with Fury’s programme in America, voiced his doubts about whether this could realistically happen.
Arum told World Boxing News: “We’re going to have to figure out whether Eddie [Hearn] has the angle to do a Joshua vs Pulev fight. I don’t think he can do it without an audience.
“Does he move it to some other place?
“There was a lot of talk about a Fury vs Joshua fight taking place in Saudi Arabia, but with oil selling at almost zero a barrel, how are the Saudis going to afford a big event?
“But for Fury, except for a Joshua fight, any Tyson Fury fight happens in the United States.
“The Joshua fight I could possibly see being in the UK or maybe some Middle East location. But we’ll have to see.
“Again, Joshua still has a contract and obligation to fight Pulev, so how’s he going to get around that?”
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Another option for Fury is a rematch with Wilder to complete a trilogy of bouts.
On the prospect of a Wilder rematch, Arum added: “It depends on a lot of things. One this is for sure, Fury belongs in the United States. He’s built up a tremendous, tremendous audience here.
“If the travel ban is lifted, or is not as stringent, I would bring Fury over here to fight in a less-expensive fight than a Wilder fight.
“Maybe we could even do the Wilder fight. But somehow we would have to get it financed.”