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Sadiq Khan gives his backing for Anthony Joshua’s fight against Tyson Fury to be held at Wembley

‘I think it will be amazing’: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan gives his backing for Eddie Hearn to hold Anthony Joshua’s fight against Tyson Fury at Wembley Stadium

  • Anthony Joshua could take on Tyson Fury at Wembey Stadium on July 24 
  • Sadiq Khan has given his backing to the fight being held at the national stadium
  • Promoter Eddie Hearn is set to present the fighters with various venue options

Anthony Joshua could face Tyson Fury at Wembley Stadium after the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan gave his support to the fight being held at the venue.

Promoter Eddie Hearn is set to present multiple venue options to the two fighters.

It is possible that the undisputed world heavyweight title fight could be held at Wembley on July 24.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has given his backing for Anthony Joshua to face Tyson Fury at Wembley Stadium

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has given his backing for Anthony Joshua to face Tyson Fury at Wembley Stadium

Anthony Joshua could face Tyson Fury at the national stadium

The fight between Fury and Joshua could take place on July 24

Joshua (left) could take on Fury (right) in front of supporters at the national stadium on July 24

Khan says that he is open to the fight being held at Wembley if Hearn contacts him.

As reported by Sky Sports, Khan said: ‘Eddie Hearn can do anything. I mean this guy is amazing. I call Eddie a friend, I’m a fan of his. 

‘The fact that he pulled off Joshua-Klitschko, 90,000 was impressive. We worked closely with him.

‘I’m keen to see Joshua-Fury, I think it will be amazing. I’m not going to tell you who I’m backing, but wouldn’t it be great to see those two great boxers, world champions, boxing amongst their own fans. Both Tyson and Anthony will tell you how grateful they are to their fans in this country.

Khan says that it 'will be amazing' if the eagerly-anticipated fight takes place at Wembley

Khan says that it ‘will be amazing’ if the eagerly-anticipated fight takes place at Wembley

‘Eddie knows how to reach me. We’ll do what we can to support Eddie. I appreciate there’s politics in boxing as well. I appreciate there’s issues around broadcasting, there’s issues around sponsorship, but if Eddie and the teams want to have the fight in London, we’re ready.’ 

Hearn previously described the fight as ‘the biggest sporting event of 2021’. 

Wembley is set to be at 25 per cent capacity for Euro 2020, with more fans possibly in attendance for the semi-final and final.

Hearn previously said: ‘When you look at the Wembley option, which is still teetering around. Maybe unrealistic, but it’s another option that we’d like to present.

Hearn is set to present the fighters with various possible options regarding venues and dates

Hearn is set to present the fighters with various possible options regarding venues and dates

‘That would be July 24th, for example, which is the end of the Euro period. Once you start going too deep into August, you’ve got the Olympics and so forth.

‘I put this fight up there as the biggest sporting event of 2021. I know the Olympics is a big period. This is massive. This is something the whole world will stop to watch.’

Fury and his father John previously expressed concerns that the fight could be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

John Fury said: ‘There’s no money for it. The timing’s all wrong.’ 

However, Hearn was eager to stress that the first of the two fights will take place this July. 

Hearn told Sky Sports: ”There will be around three or four offers presented to both camps this weekend and then it’s over to them and the teams to discuss which one we want to take.

‘Two fights this year. It is a summer fight. That’s everything we’re working towards and as confident as ever that this gets done.’

Aside from Wembley, other possible locations for the fight include Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Qatar and China. 

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