Eddie Hearn is right money talks – but Anthony Joshua fans deserve better

Anthony Joshua is heading back to Saudi Arabia – and if Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury want a crack at him then they will no doubt follow.

Boxing fans have been showing their displeasure on social media this week to promoter Eddie Hearn’s comments that if Joshua ever fights Wilder or Fury then it will be in the Gulf state.

Of course, that is still a huge if when it comes to the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion facing whoever comes out on top of what will be a trilogy of fights between Fury and Wilder for the WBC title.

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But Hearn says the money in the Middle East will be too good to turn down. And he is right, even if boxing fans end up suffering.

Imagine the buzz for Joshua against Fury at Wembley Stadium next year with all four of the major heavyweight belts on the line.

Not only that but bragging rights as to who is without any more doubt the king of the heavyweight division.

Two Brits fighting for that crown on home soil would be sensational and the home of England football could be sold out twice over.

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Or even Joshua against Wilder for all the gold in fight capitals of Las Vegas or New York or even in London.

Instead, if we ever want to see either clash happen then we have to settle for it in Saudi where judging by Joshua’s win over Andy Ruiz Jnr in December there is little appetite for big-time boxing from the locals.

While for travelling fans it is a sobering trip in more ways than one with few things to do and not a drop of alcohol to help loosen their vocal chords for the pre-fight sing songs.

Las Vegas and New York have become big-fight venues over a long period of time, while stadium bouts in the UK have taken here to another level.

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But one thing that has always been consistent in boxing is money makes the decisions.

And, as Hearn says, if you tell any fighter he can earn £30m in the UK or £100m in the Middle East then they’ll be getting their Saudi visa sorted before you finish the conversation.

It is hard to argue given these men put their lives on the line so deserve great financial reward.

Boxing doesn’t question where the money takes it, just how much is there available when it gets there.

Sadly, that means the supporters who helped build these superstars are a second thought.

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