Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn has revealed that he may be willing to put in a purse bid for the upcoming heavyweight unification clash between Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury.
Hearn, who promotes WBC number two Anthony Joshua, believes the fight could be huge if staged in the UK and may well be one of the favourites to land the fight when final offers are put to the World Boxing Association on Monday.
“It’s a big fight for the world heavyweight title involving a Briton and a great champion in Wladimir Klitschko. There is a purse bid in Panama and maybe we’ll be on the plane to put a bid in ourselves,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
“When a fight is made for a mandatory defence, and Tyson Fury is that mandatory challenger, you get a period of time when the two parties’ promotional teams can privately negotiate terms. Once that period is up, if terms haven’t been agreed, it goes to a purse bid.
“When you’re not really aligned with a broadcaster – someone like a Tyson Fury – you can sit back and let it go to purse bids and see who wants to pay the most money. It’s quite a unique situation and everybody will turn up with an envelope and the governing body will read out the bids. Whoever pays the most, gets the fight.
“Germany isn’t our market so we’d be looking to stage that fight in the UK. It’s a big fight but they could agree terms by Monday. This is the time with a few days to go that the pressure is really on. If they don’t agree terms, then I’m sure there will be some interesting bidders.
“We’d look at September or October time. The deadline for that fight is October 24. Obviously Fury is from Manchester. It’s a great O2 Arena fight as well. There’s been plenty of talking about it happening outdoors.
“Of course I’ve thought about bidding. We’ll have the paperwork ready to go but probably until Monday morning, we won’t think that the bidding is going to go ahead because like I said, this deal can be done at any time. If the purse bids go ahead, I’m sure we’ll be there.”
Hearn’s rival Frank Warren, Russian promoter Vlad Hrunov, Golden Boy and K2 are expected to be amongst the bidders for the clash that will see undefeated Fury fight in his first world title fight against the man widely regarded as the best of his generation.