TYSON FURY and Oleksandr Usyk are in line for the “biggest purse in boxing history” as Saudi Arabia prepare to table a mega-money offer.

The pair of unbeaten champions are still in talks for the heavyweight division’s first four-belt undisputed decider.

Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury facing off at Tottenham

If the Middle East win the race to host the historic title unification, they will negotiate separate deals for the two.

And Fury’s US promoter Bob Arum warned it could be record-breaking numbers.

He told Sky Sports: “I’m very optimistic the fight is going to happen.

“Both fighters have agreed to do the fight, the question is the site and we’re talking to the Middle East because allegedly they’re going to come up with the biggest purse ever in boxing history.

“And if they do, that’s where the fight is going to go because money is money.

“If they don’t, both fighters will agree to do the fight this spring at Wembley… but the fight will happen in my opinion, certainly within the first four months of the year.

“Fighters want to do the best for themselves because a fighter’s career, no matter how great he is, is limited and they want to make as much money as possible.”

Floyd Mayweather’s 2015 win over Manny Pacquiao, 43, still remains the most lucrative fight of all time, with around £500MILLION made.


Mayweather, 45, himself took home almost £300m of that alone as they sold a record 4.4m pay-per-views in America.

In recent years, Saudi have become big players in the boxing game, twice prising Anthony Joshua, 33, over to the desert.

Most recently, he was beaten by Usyk, 36, in their Jeddah rematch in August.

Meanwhile Fury, 34, has become a ticket-selling sensation back home, with over 150,000 home fans watching him fight last year.

He knocked out Dillian Whyte, 34, in front of 94,000 at Wembley and then stopped Derek Chisora, 38, at Tottenham with nearly 60,000 there.

So Arum will have no hesitation in filling up another stadium if a deal with the Saudis cannot be reached.

He said: “To do 95,000 people in Wembley, which we did for the Dillian Whyte fight.

“A lot of my friends who went to that fight said it was one of the greatest, if not their greatest, experience going to an athletic event.

“Now, if it’s a unification match between Tyson and Usyk, it’ll be even more spectacular.”

Oleksandr Usyk, Bob Arum and Tyson Fury in 2021

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