“Boxing’s Greatest Performance”. What is known about the super tournament in Saudi Arabia
Alexander Frolov May 16, 2023, 19:00 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
Tyson Fury, Alexander Usyk, Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, all in one place!
UFC President Dana White recently criticized boxing. Like they don’t know how to organize anything there, the events are boring and there are only one or two main fights. There is indeed a basis for such claims, but it cannot be said that boxing officials are not doing anything to correct it. For example, in Saudi Arabia, where boxing is loved and appreciated, a super tournament is being prepared with the top four heavyweights: Tyson Fury, Alexander Usyk, Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder!
The main thing is that Wilder is not arrested again:
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The supposed tournament is scheduled for December and should be held in a round robin: the winners of the semifinals Fury – Usyk and Joshua – Wilder will meet in the final. Unfortunately, there are no other details yet, including the date and expected fees. Initially, it was reported that Fury would receive £90 million, Usyk – £50 million, the other two participants were supposed to receive £30 million each, but the organizers have already denied the rumors.
“I don’t know why these numbers were leaked. Why were these invented figures written? So that? What are you trying to do? What is the end goal of this? First of all, it is not reasonable. This is simply an outright lie. So why write about it? That’s why I say this, I say it with all due respect: until there’s an official release from Skill Challenge Promotions, it’s just talk. Those numbers are based on zero facts. Just zero. We laughed at them when we saw them.
Relations with television networks and promoters? I will say it openly: everyone will be financially satisfied when it comes to organizing. When Prince Khalid says it will, we will begin negotiations. But all the parties we’ll be talking to can be satisfied with their relationship with the networks. And it won’t be a problem. Let’s just say it shouldn’t be a problem. And we have a date. I won’t tell you. When this happens, I assure you it will be the biggest show in boxing,” said Amer Abdallah, head of promotion company Skill Challenge Entertainment.
Yes, Prince Khalid and his team have a lot of money; With such opportunities, any issues with promoters, boxers and other commercial sharks can be resolved. But until December, there are still six months left – Fury, Usyk and even more, Joshua can still suddenly lose in other fights, after which the value of his participation in the super tournament will be questioned. Big names are great, but if the overall world champion title isn’t on the line, the value of the event will drop dramatically. However, the organizers believe that everything will work out according to their scenario.
The Chinese Zhilei also wants to enter the heavyweight elite:
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And these are not just big words. The serious intentions of the Saudi team were confirmed by elite promoter Eddie Hearn: “They really want to do these two fights in one night. This was confirmed to me personally, I spoke to them two weeks ago. And I confirm that they are very serious in their intentions. I vouch for them, since I have already dealt with them twice. As I understand their approach, they plan to negotiate separately with each of the fighters. These people know full well what fees all fighters are counting on,” Hearn said.
Let’s hope that the super-tournament will take place definitively in December. Boxing fans have deserved such a great event for years of waiting for the best fights. A cooler tournament simply cannot be imagined: one of the best knockouts in Wilder’s history, the brilliant technician Usyk, the great Fury and the brilliant Joshua are in contention for the title of absolute world champion. Of course Fury will be the favourite, but this is a heavyweight and anything can happen. We are looking forward to the super tournament.