Anthony Joshua wants a potential undisputed super fight with Tyson Fury to take place in the UK despite the greater financial reward on offer in Saudi Arabia.
After Joshua reclaimed three of the world heavyweight titles in the Kingdom last year, promoter Eddie Hearn revealed there have already been talks about the prospect of staging the all-British fight there for an exorbitant £150 million.
Fury would need to come through his fight with WBC king Deontay Wilder in their rematch next week, as well as thrash out terms to avoid a third fight with the American, as is stipulated for both fighters, no matter the outcome in Las Vegas a week on Saturday.
But should Fury eventually prevail and emerge from his compelling chapter with the Bronze Bomber, Joshua wants the decider to be on home soil.
“I think it has to be in the UK, to be fair, but I would never let a location get in the way of a mega fight,” Joshua told The Sun.
“The reason I always said I wanted Fury to win that fight is so we could put our fight on here but if he wants to do it in America then it makes sense for Wilder to win and then we do that fight there.
“It makes more sense to have a Brit versus an American, in America, than a Brit versus a Brit over there.
“If Fury wants to fight me in Vegas then we would have to talk about that. For me, personally, it makes more sense to have that in London or Manchester.”
Fury was not enamoured by Joshua’s display against Andy Ruiz Jr last year, describing it as “double s***” compared to his own style of boxing and moving, rather than engaging regularly.
It remains to be seen whether Fury will follow through with his own plans to ironically switch up his style to closer resemble the fighter Joshua has mostly been throughout his career.
“I’m looking for the knockout. It’s clear I won’t get a decision in the United States,” Fury recently claimed. “That’s why I’ve employed the Kronk trainer who specialises in sitting down on the right hand. Look at all the Kronk fighters, Wladimir Klitschko even, they look for the big right hand.
I’m looking for the big right hand to nail Wilder. Goodnight. I’m looking for the knockout. If I wasn’t, I would have kept Ben Davison. I’m sick of points decisions, I’ve had plenty, but I’m looking to knock him out.
“I’m not looking for herky-jerky. I want him to meet me dead-centre of the ring, let’s have a slug-fest. Best man stands, loser goes down. I’ve got 20 knockouts in 29 wins. He knows he was rocked two or three times in the first fight but I never had the gas to finish him.
“I want to meet him mano a mano. I won’t run. You won’t have to look for me. You’re going down in two rounds. Two! He’s getting knocked out in two rounds. Laugh about it now but when you’re on your back, looking up at me?
“If I’m stupid enough to get hit by that stupid right hand then I deserve to get knocked out. He knows he’s not messing with a quitter. To beat Tyson Fury you have to nail him to the canvas and if he can’t do that, I’ll eat him up. The consensus is that either he knocks me out, or I win on points. Usually when people have that opinion it goes the other way around.”