ANTHONY JOSHUA ‘would welcome’ Wembley Stadium hosting his showdown mega-fight with Tyson – but admits the location is dependent on the Covid-19 pandemic.
Watford’s WBA, IBF and WBO champ jabbed and moved his way to an Andy Ruiz Jr rematch win last December and stopped Kubrat Pulev in nine rounds last month.
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That cleared the way for a bumper unification showdown worth a reported £500million.
In June, Fury and AJ agreed to a 50-50 split for a first fight and a 60-40 split going to the winner for the rematch.
Boxing events in Britain have been suspended due to the latest coronavirus lockdown, with speculation mounting that the showcase could be staged abroad in the Middle East or Australia.
But Joshua insists he would be happy to climb into the ring at the national stadium if fans were cleared to return.
He told Sky Sports: “I would welcome Tyson Fury to that. I would welcome him to that all day.
“It’s brilliant for the kids of the local areas to come down. It’s like half an hour drive, a couple of hours’ drive for some of them.
“It’s a brilliant opportunity to have it here as well, but the government have got to do right by the people and protect us from this virus. I understand the situation that the country is in.”
AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn admits that clearance for a ‘full capacity’ attendance would be key to staging the fight on home turf.
He said: “Both camps have a responsibility to maximise the revenue for their biggest fight – this is the pinnacle of their careers, the biggest moment, nothing will ever beat it.
“At the same time, we all recognise this is two Brits fighting for the undisputed championship of the world.
“If there is a way to do it in the UK? Fantastic.”