By Ed Attwood
British title holder says unnamed Arab sheikh offered to host fight on private yacht for $120 million
Both Qatar and Abu Dhabi have offered to host the world heavyweight title rematch between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko, the British boxer has said.
Fury said that the two Gulf locations were one of five destinations that had thrown their hats into the ring, alongside Wembley Stadium, Croke Park in Dublin and Germany, according to press reports in the UK.
However, an unnamed Arab sheikh’s ambitious plan to host the fight on a private yacht has fallen through, the WBO and WBA title holder added.
“The sheikh wanted us to fight as we sailed on an exclusive cruise with just 120 millionaires on board paying one million dollars each to watch,” Fury said, according to the Daily Mail. “No TV, no press. Just some of the wealthiest men in the world. And it was deadly serious.
“Wladimir was up for it. I was super up for it as I would have been getting the lion’s share of the $120 million. It fell through in the end and one of the problems was our fans being shut out.’”
If the bout is held in the Gulf, it would be a first for the region.
“I’m not too bothered where it happens,” Fury said. “I’d like it to be in the UK, but if it’s not, what can I do? I’d least like it to be Germany because I don’t feel I should have to go to his backyard again, but if it makes more financial sense to go back, that’s where we are going to go.”
Fury stunned Klitschko back in November, after beating the Ukrainian boxer on points during a match held in Germany.