Anthony Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua, OBE is a British professional boxer of Nigerian descent who is a two-time unified heavyweight champion, having held the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO titles since December 2019 and previously between 2016 and June 2019. At regional level, he held the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles from 2015 to 2016. As an amateur, he represented England at the 2011 World Championships in the super-heavyweight division, winning a silver medal; he also represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics, winning gold. In 2014, a year after turning professional, he was named Prospect of the Year by The Ring magazine. In 2017, his victorious fight against Wladimir Klitschko was named Fight of the Year by The Ring and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Joshua is the second British boxer, after James DeGale, to win both a gold medal at the Olympics and a world title by a major professional sanctioning body, as well as the first British heavyweight to do so.
Anthony Joshua Vs Tyson Fury: 90,000 Fans Could Be Present At Wembley For Mega Showdown, Eddie Hearn says the bout between the two heavyweight champions could be held at London's renowned Wembley Stadium.
Eddie Hearn has given British boxing fans a glimmer of hope by stating that the bout between champions Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury could be held at London's renowned Wembley Stadium. The heavyweights will collide in a highly-anticipated unification bout, which could reportedly be held in late June or early July. This is also the first time in the division's history that all the four titles — WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO — will be at stake.
The duo has reportedly signed a two-fight contract, with the rematch rumoured to go down in winter 2021. And considering the hype behind the showdown, both parties are hoping to make around £200 million from the first clash, which will be split 50-50. However, the winner of the unification bout will get 60 per cent of the purse for the cold rematch.
The venue for the mammoth showdown is also not confirmed, although there are eight potential locations on offer. During a press conference earlier, Eddie Hearn said Las Vegas, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, China, Russia, Singapore and the UK are currently leading the discussions. However, the Matchroom chief love for the bout to take place in London, considering it's being hailed as the "biggest bout in British boxing history".
Recently, Eddie Hearn sat down with talkSPORT where he said that hopes the UK government will let them fill the Wembley Stadium with the crowd – which is nearly around 90,000 people. According to reports, while the government could greenlight Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury to take place at Wembley, they will not allow Hearn and the team to fill the stadium, considering the country is still dealing with COVID-19.