Eddie Hearn believes the money offered to host a fight in Saudi Arabia between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury or Deontay Wilder will be too good to turn down.

Joshua regained his WBA, IBF and WBO belts from Andy Ruiz Jr in December in a heavyweight rematch contested in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.

While Joshua's next fight is set to be against Kubrat Pulev, the Briton's promoter Hearn has talked up the possibility of a meeting with the victor of Fury-Wilder II, which takes place in Las Vegas on February 22, later in 2020.

On Wednesday, Fury's promoter Frank Warren dismissed Joshua's claims that talks between his camp and Wilder's had already taken place, though he claimed a fight between his client and Joshua should be held towards the end of the year.

Now, Hearn has suggested Saudi Arabia would again prove to be a viable venue for such a fight, claiming the money on offer would ensure a bout would happen.

"You have new players in town that are willing to spend money never seen before in this sport. It's there, we've had the conversations," Hearn told Sky Sports.

"We did it once, in December. I know the money that they're willing to put in for this fight at the back end of the year and it's why I'm so confident of making it, because there's just too much money.

"There comes a time in the sport where money talks too much and, when it does, there's no going back. Even if the other guys didn't want it, they can't ignore the numbers.

"Everybody's lucky that the numbers we were talking about a year ago, they've doubled, trebled. Don't agree? You've spun it up on that roulette wheel, now take your chips and leave."

Hearn also suggested Joshua – who could also face Oleksandr Usyk – would be willing to scrap his planned fight with Pulev should the Bulgarian not agree to a venue in Britain.

"AJ's going to call the shots here and he may end up having to let the Pulev fight go if he won't fight in the places we'd like him to fight and that is in the UK," Hearn said.

"We're looking at dates around the end of May, beginning of June for the Pulev fight. Everywhere's in play – Emirates Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the London Stadium.

"We've also reached out to Twickenham as well and the Millennium Stadium have got some dates for us. In an ideal world, AJ's next fight will be against Pulev in London."

Tyson Fury's promoter Frank Warren insisted there is no truth in Anthony Joshua's claims he has held talks with Deontay Wilder over a heavyweight fight.

Joshua regained the WBA, IBF and WBO belts from Andy Ruiz Jr in December, while Fury is set to meet WBC champion Wilder in a rematch on February 22.

Brit Joshua has recently suggested his camp has held discussions with Wilder's management over a potential meeting this year, which would come instead of a possible third bout between the American and Fury.

Warren, though, is adamant no talks have been held.

"I spoke to [Wilder's co-manager] Shelly Finkel [on Tuesday] and he denied it," Warren told ESPN.

"There's a rematch clause in the contract and the loser has the right to invoke that not long after the fight.

"That will determine what happens, not what [promoter] Eddie Hearn or Joshua says.

"It seems every time they mention these discussions they never think about the possibility of Tyson winning the fight with Wilder."

Joshua is reportedly set to face Kubrat Pulev, who is the IBF mandatory challenger, while a bout between the Briton and Oleksandr Usyk has been also been mooted.

But Warren is hopeful of bringing Joshua and Fury together for an-all British encounter, though he cited the "ego" of Hearn as a potential stumbling block.

"I would like to see Tyson in with Joshua straight away after February 22," Warren said.

"I don't think it's a difficult negotiation – we have just seen that with two networks in the United States agreeing to work with each other for Wilder-Fury II. The only thing that stops it is all of the ego with Eddie Hearn.

"I don't see why it should be a problem at all. It's a fight for the good of the sport that everyone wants to see. As long as Tyson wins his next fight, and Joshua wins his mandatory fight next, it can happen.

"It seems like everyone is looking for reasons why it shouldn't happen. Nearly every big fight we have got over the line. 

"Fury and Joshua are at their best, nothing is stopping it from happening except Joshua's people being afraid of their cash cow being beaten."

UFC president Dana White has compared Conor McGregor to boxing greats Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and Sugar Ray Leonard after the Irishman made his return to the Octagon.

McGregor needed just 40 seconds to defeat Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone in Las Vegas on Saturday, as the 31-year-old marked his comeback after 15 months away from the Octagon in style.

And White believes McGregor has now reached the same level as stardom as icons such as Ali, Tyson and Leonard.

"[Conor] is such a huge superstar. I put him up there with Tyson, Leonard," White told a media conference.

"All of them," he added when asked if McGregor could be compared to Ali, considered to be the greatest fighter in boxing history.

"He's got the biggest pay-per-view in pay-per-view history. How many of the top 10 does he have? I don't even know. He's one of the biggest stars out there.

"A lot of the times coming in his career he's been doubted for his talent and he proves everybody wrong every time."

White was also asked how much McGregor was worth to UFC, with a figure of $2billion suggested by a reporter.

"Two billion dollars? Sounds like a good number, I'll take that," White joked. "I don't know what he's worth to the company but it's big.

"You couldn't go anywhere without seeing this fight and knowing that this fight was on. All the people came out and watched the fight.

"This is one of those fights that people who normally don't buy [do] buy, right? So, the number is always massive.

"Then Conor comes out and does what he did tonight. You can't put a number on that. It's massive and it's global. The whole world was watching tonight."

McGregor's previous fight came in October 2018, when he was defeated by Khabib Nurmagomedov.

In his own post-fight news conference, McGregor outlined his intention to go up against the Russian once more, and White is eager to make a rematch happen.

"We're at a place right now where Conor was saying that, going into the Khabib fight, he had lots of personal stuff," said White.

"Some stuff [was] self-inflicted. He had injuries. He had all these things going on. He has been obsessed with getting that rematch because he knows that he wasn't 100 per cent right.

"We're looking at like Ali-Foreman, Ali-Frazier. This is a massive fight with global appeal. It's the fight you make, it's the fight that makes sense. It's for the 155-pound title.

"It's huge for Khabib’s legacy, too. If he beat McGregor, then he beats Tony Ferguson, then he beats McGregor again, I mean, this is how this kid, when he retires, he's 30-something and, oh, he's beaten all of the best."

Julian Williams lost his belts as challenger Jeison Rosario caused an upset to become the unified junior middleweight champion.

Saturday's bout did not go according to plan for Williams (27-2-1), who was knocked out in the fifth round by Rosario in Philadelphia.

Rosario (20-1-1) destroyed Philadelphia native Williams in his homecoming – the American fighting in his hometown for the first time since 2011.

Dominican boxer Rosario hurt Williams with an uppercut in the fifth before a couple of right combos rattled the WBA (super), IBF and IBO holder.

Rosario then sent Williams to the canvas and while the champion got back to his feet, the underdog unloaded a flurry of punches again, prompting the referee to step in and stop the fight.

"I've got to keep crying because I'm so emotional in this moment," Rosario said.

Williams added: "I'm sorry I couldn't get the win but I'll be back. We'll see if we can get it real soon."

Tyson Fury wants to follow his upcoming fight with Deontay Wilder by taking on Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte before retiring.

Former world heavyweight champion Fury will take on WBC title-holder Wilder in Las Vegas on February 22 after their previous meeting ended in a dramatic draw.

The 31-year-old then wants his final acts in boxing to be unifying the division by taking on IBF, WBA and WBO champion Joshua and offering Whyte a first world title shot.

"I've got three more fights left. Wilder next, Joshua then Dillian Whyte, then I'm out," Fury told iFL TV.

"[Dillian] has been mandatory for something like 2,000 days and hasn't had a world title shot so when I beat Wilder I'll give him a shot.

"He can be a defence, for sure. One of my last three. Joshua and Whyte, done."

Joshua did not deliver on an offer to spar with his fellow Briton as part of his preparations to face Wilder, but Fury was not overly concerned.

"It's all hot air. Sometimes people say stuff in the heat of an interview and they don't really mean it. After he did the interview he said afterwards he wished he never said it," he said.

"It doesn't really matter, I don't want him to come sparring anyway, it's not going to help me, he's nothing like Deontay Wilder at all and I wouldn't want to give him the opportunity to get an insight on what it's like to be out-boxed and out-punched by me in a spar rather than in a fight.

"His time will come, don't worry about that."

Fury previously predicted he will knock Wilder out in the second round and the WBC king said he will hang up his gloves if that comes to fruition.

"Him saying he's gonna knock me out in the second round is not believable," said Wilder.

"He has pillows as fists, so I can't see that happening. If he knocks me out in the second round, I'm retiring. I'm done."

Conor McGregor would be "honoured" to do battle with Manny Pacquiao in what he believes would be a blockbuster first fight at the Las Vegas Allegiant Stadium.

McGregor will make his UFC return against Donald Cerrone in Las Vegas on Saturday, 15 months after he was beaten by Khabib Nurmagomedov in his last bout.

The 31-year-old Irishman is also hungry to don the boxing gloves again and has called out Floyd Mayweather Jr, who he stopped in the 10th round of their fight in August 2017, for a rematch.

McGregor this week revealed talks with another legendary veteran, Pacquiao, are ongoing and would relish the chance to do battle with the 41-year-old in 60,000 capacity Nevada venue that is still being constructed. 

"It will be hard to leave the MMA game fully but I think a boxing world title is a great aspiration to have," said the mixed martial arts superstar.

"What a feather in the cap it would be. I always want bigger and better and to reach for the stars.

"I would love the rematch with Floyd Mayweather and I know the Manny one is there whenever I want it."

He added: "I would be honoured and love to be the first combatant to fight in that arena and what a fight that would be against a small and powerful southpaw.

"We would have to figure out the weight we do it at but it interests me, no doubt."

Kal Yafai's WBA world super-flyweight title defence against Roman 'Chocolatito' Gonzalez has been added to the undercard for Mikey Garcia versus Jessie Vargas in Frisco, Texas, on February 29.

Yafai (26-0) has held the WBA belt since December 2016 but has secured a considerable challenge in the form of Gonzalez (48-2), a former four-weight champion.

The Nicaraguan, one of the outstanding pound-for-pound fighters of the past decade, previously reigned as the WBC super-fly king prior to consecutive defeats to Wisaksil Wangek in 2017.

Yafai had failed to secure a meeting with existing WBC champion Juan Francisco Estrada before this bout was agreed and announced by Matchroom on Thursday.

The Briton said: "I wanted the biggest possible fight available and, after the Juan Francisco Estrada unification fell through, I had the opportunity to fight 'Chocolatito', the former pound-for-pound king.

"'Chocolatito' is someone that I have idolised as I worked my way up to become world champion myself. So it doesn't get much bigger than this.

"It will bring out the best in me. I can't wait. It is a case of when idols become rivals. I'm so honoured to share the ring with him but also show the world that I am an elite world champion."

Dillian Whyte believes Anthony Joshua's exchanges with Tyson Fury over sparring prove he "just talks rubbish".

In a detailed critique, heavyweight contender Whyte hit out at WBA, IBF and WBO champion Joshua, saying he is a changed fighter who has lost his aggressiveness.

Whyte believes his fellow Briton, with whom he shares a promoter in Eddie Hearn, always backtracks after making comments in the same way Fury and Deontay Wilder do.

He cited the example of Joshua's recent exchanges with Fury, offering to help him with sparring sessions ahead of his WBC title rematch with Wilder next month.

Whyte told Sky Sports of Joshua: "He's a good fighter and a good champion, but he talks a lot of rubbish most of the time.

"Him, Wilder, Fury, they all talk the same rubbish. He says one thing and then he backtracks and says another thing. At least I'm consistent with what I say, and I do what I say.

"One minute he says, 'I'm going to spar with Fury' and then the next minute he says, 'If it works in my schedule'. When Fury said, 'Yes, if it works in my schedule'. He just talks rubbish, man.

"I'm here, I'm ready to fight, if he [Joshua] wants to fight me, the fight can happen."

Whyte, who has been touted for a fight with Russian Alexander Povetkin, has not been impressed by the evolution of a man who knocked him out after seven rounds of their domestic grudge match in December 2015.

He believes Joshua will be forever marked by his initial loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. in June 2019, but feels signs of a more conservative approach were already apparent before his two contests with the Mexican.

"We've seen this before - Lennox Lewis was an aggressive fighter on the front foot but got knocked out by Hasim Rahman, then changed his style," added Whyte.

"Joshua will be the same. Tall heavyweights start their careers very aggressively, but then?

"Let's go further back - Carlos Takam, Alexander Povetkin, Joseph Parker. There were signs of caginess and not liking getting hit.

"Even Deontay Wilder, when he was clocked a couple of times by Luis Ortiz, he thought 'I'm just going to wait'.

"We have seen this time and time again in history, and it's always the same."

After winning his titles back against Ruiz in December, Joshua looks poised to defend his belts against IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev next as Whyte's wait for a title shot goes on.

Floyd Mayweather Jr's manager suggested the legendary boxer would be up for fighting Conor McGregor again after the Irishman declared he would win a rematch.

Mayweather stopped McGregor in the 10th round when the UFC superstar made his professional boxing debut in August 2017.

The unbeaten Mayweather retired for the third time after that bout, but announced last November that he would resume his career yet again in 2020 for a "spectacular event".

McGregor will make his UFC comeback against Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone on Saturday and the 31-year-old Dubliner took the opportunity to call out Mayweather prior to the fight.

He told told Ariel Helwani's MMA Show on ESPN: "Most certainly, I'd like to rematch Floyd. I think we should rematch Floyd.

"He keeps flirting with it [coming out of retirement] and he can go and pick someone else but it's not going to be the same. I did phenomenal in that fight and the only reason I lost that bout was because I prepared for a back-foot style of opponent.

"And when the fight was like that I was picking him apart. Then he came forward and started pressing and I wasn't sinking into my shots like I am now with my boxing coaches.

"I know I'd beat Floyd if we rematched. When we rematch. It's not going to be a mixed martial arts bout like he said. It was supposed to be me boxing then we'll do a mixed martial arts bout.

"It wasn't written but it was verbal. But that's not going to happen and I'm not even going to push him on it."

Leonard Ellerbe, Mayweather's boss, tweeted in reply to a video of the interview: "@TheNotoriousMMA are you really sure about that champ, you know we can make that happen, asking for a friend?"

Tyson Fury predicted he would knock Deontay Wilder out in the second round of their rematch next month.

Fury and Wilder will finally face off again at MGM Grand on February 22 in their highly anticipated rematch, having drawn their first fight in December 2018.

Unsurprisingly, the Brit (29-0-1) believes he will be successful, predicting a second-round KO of Wilder.

"Deontay knows he was rocked three or four times in the last fight and I didn't have the gas to finish him. This time I can turn that screwdriver until he is gone," he told a news conference on Monday.

"You are going to sleep in two rounds. I keep having the same dream about round two. I am playing poker and I get dealt the number two card.

"He is getting knocked out in round two, 100 per cent."

Wilder, the WBC heavyweight title holder, responded by questioning whether Fury truly believed in his own comments.

"I mean that's what he believes in his heart. That's what he believes. I always teach people when I speak – I say speak it, believe it, receive it," the American said.

"But the magic of it all is the belief, it's the belief. And though he's saying it, I don't feel that in his energy that he believes that he's going to do that.

"If anything I feel that he's nervous, he's very scared because of what happened the first time and I understand. This is boxing and sometimes fighters have to put up this front like it's all good and nothing gets to them or nothing hurts them or we're always acting tough and stuff because of the sport that we're in, but I'm a realist.

"He knows what happened. What you get knocked out like that and you don't know how you got there or how you got up, it was the grace of God. That bothers you. That not only affects you, but it affects your environment, it affects your family as well because they know you're going in there again with this monster and you know what he's capable of doing.

"It's not an act, it's something I do every time I'm out, I knock guys out, every guy that I've faced I've put him down and it won't be no different this time around either."

Jaime Munguia enjoyed a winning debut in the middleweight division after stopping Gary O'Sullivan in the 11th round in San Antonio.

Stepping up from light middleweight, Munguia's first fight at a new weight ended in victory after battering Irishman O'Sullivan on Saturday.

Munguia (35-0) grew in confidence as the bout wore on and the Mexican sent O'Sullivan (30-4) to the canvas in the 11th round.

O'Sullivan's corner threw in the towel, forcing the referee to stop the fight at 2:17 at The Alamodome.

Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev's representatives have set a deadline of January 31 to agree their proposed heavyweight world title fight.

Joshua last month regained his IBF, WBA and WBO belts with a landslide points win against Andy Ruiz Jr, who scored a stunning stoppage triumph over the previously unbeaten Briton back in June.

It means there is once again a clamour for Joshua to take on the winner of a rematch between his compatriot Tyson Fury and WBC king Deontay Wilder next month but, as a unified champion ,the London 2012 gold medallist has mandatory obligations to address.

Pulev, who was scheduled to face Joshua in Cardiff in October 2017 before withdrawing through injury, is the IBF's mandatory challenger, while former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk occupies the same status with the WBO.

At this stage, Pulev appears to be the frontrunner and an IBF spokesperson told Sky Sports: "I have just been told that the Pulev and Joshua camps have asked [for] until January 31 to negotiate."

In the meantime, Usyk looks set to take the opportunity to further acclimatise to the heavyweight division, with a London showdown against experienced former world-title challenger Dereck Chisora pencilled for late March.

Like Joshua, Usyk is represented by promoter Eddie Hearn and his Matchroom operation.

"Conversations are ongoing with all parties to plan what's next and it will really come to a head over the next few weeks," Hearn told Sky Sports.

"We are still awaiting clarification from the governing bodies to confirm who is chronologically next [for Joshua out of Pulev and Usyk] but right now everything is in play.

"In terms of Usyk versus Chisora that is still a potential outcome, but March 7 is unlikely. Instead we have March 28 on hold at the O2 Arena."

Logan Paul is "serious" about boxing NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown and believes a bout is close to being arranged.

Paul called out Brown last month and the seven-time Pro Bowler appeared keen on the idea of a fight as he replied telling the YouTuber to "square up" while revealing he intended to enlist the help of former five-weight world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.

While current free agent Brown has yet to swap the gridiron for a boxing ring, Paul has donned the gloves already for two fights against fellow vlogger KSI, who won their rematch in November after the first contest ended in a draw.

Asked by TMZ whether he genuinely wanted to return to the ring to fight Brown, Paul replied: "I'm f***ing serious, bro. You know how serious I take fighting.

"I love talking smack; I also love backing it up."

Brown has not played an NFL snap since the middle of September and experienced a tumultuous 2019.

The former Pittsburgh Steelers wide-out was traded to the Oakland Raiders in March but never played a down for them as he was released following a series of controversies.

He then wound up in New England but was cut after just one Patriots game amid allegations of sexual assault and rape.

Paul believes fighting him would give the out-of-work Brown a renewed focus.

"I think we might be closer than anyone expected, than even we expected," Paul added.

"In my mind, this whole thing seems...They say if it's too good to be true it probably is. In my mind, I'm getting that feeling because I genuinely do not know how serious AB is.

"Coming from a person who was in a s*** position after Tokyo [when Paul was criticised for posting a video showing the body of an apparent suicide victim], and in many ways the KSI fight gave me a purpose, I think this would do that for Antonio Brown, give him a nice payday, give him a chance to redeem himself.

"It would be one of the greatest events of 2020."

Dillian Whyte wants a "tear-up" with Alexander Povetkin for his next fight and says he will not be waste his time waiting for a WBC title shot. 

Wilder had his suspension lifted by the WBC last month after UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) dropped charges against the British heavyweight.

The 31-year-old was cleared by after initially being charged for testing positive for a banned substance, but has now had his mandatory challenger status reinstated.

Whyte will be due a title shot around February 2021, but claims champion Deontay Wilder does not want to fight him, so the man nicknamed 'The Body Snatcher' has turned his attention on Russian veteran Povetkin.

The Londoner told Sky Sports: "He [Whyte's promoter Eddie Hearn] mentioned April 18 in an interview, so I guess that's the date.

"Probably in London or Manchester, something like that. The O2 gets booked up a lot, so either London or Manchester. They are two good venues and it would be good to move to a different part of the country some time as well. Manchester Arena would be good."

Whyte added on a potential bout with Povetkin: "If he wants it, he can get it. It's going to be a tear-up, because he is not really a mover and I'm not really a mover, so he's a come forward fighter and I come forward.

"We're going to have a scrap. Povetkin comes to fight doesn't he. He doesn't come to mess about. I'm the same, so let's get it.

"Let's see who has got the best left hook around."

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