Anthony Joshua willing to make sacrifice to ensure Tyson Fury fight is held in UK

Anthony Joshua is willing to fight for less money to ensure his bout with Tyson Fury is held in the UK next year. Joshua and Fury have agreed a two-fight deal but no dates have been set as of yet. Former Olympic champion Joshua first has to defend his IBF, WBA and WBO belts against Kubrat Pulev at Wembley Arena.

Joshua’s last fight in the UK was the knockout of Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium in September 2018.

The 31-year-old has taken a pay cut for the upcoming fight with Pulev and says he would do the same if the opportunity was there to go up against Fury in his home country.

“Yeah, why not?” Joshua said at a press conference on Wednesday.

“I’m now fighting Pulev for a massive pay cut. Matchroom are taking pay cuts this year because we have to keep the sport alive.

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“We are all doing our part at the minute so I wouldn’t mind doing it again. It’s not harming me, and it’s for a bigger cause as well. It’s a big fight, but the main objective is how do we get Fury in the ring?

“My management team are going to do what is financially viable and see what is going to get Fury to step in that ring. It’s a balance.”

Joshua has fought at Madison Square Garden and in Saudi Arabia since his last bout in the UK.

He would be open to fighting at those venues again but thinks it would be better for British sports fans if they could see the two heavyweights go head-to-head in this country.

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“You’re damned if you do, damned if you don’t,” Joshua said.

“The main objective is getting this fight done, but there is definitely the element that the fans are the most important and getting them together to watch a British classic.

“What finances can we gather to get Fury in the ring? It’s a tough one but I would definitely go for the fans this time around.

“I’ve been away for two years but I’m back in the UK and I want to stay here as long as possible.

“I definitely want to go back to MSG [Madison Square Garden] to avenge that loss [against Andy Ruiz].

“Saudi, great hospitality, and feedback, is definitely an option. When I first turned professional I had offers from America, Germany, but I knew the UK was where I wanted to be. This is where my base is and this is always my priority.

“But fighters have to travel. Like Fury. He says: ‘I’ve fought in Germany, I’ve beaten [Deontay] Wilder in America.’

“There is a sense of a trailblazer, a road warrior, so I don’t mind getting on the road. I did it last year and I’ll do it again.”

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