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Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury could land £100m each if bout is held outside UK

Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury could expect £100m each if their mega fight lands in a country with deep pockets.

And promoter Eddie Hearn believes a deal is so close between the pair that they only need another 48 hours of talks to get it over the line.

Hearn wants the pair to both sign for the fight before then punting it to different countries to see what money is on offer with Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi and Qatar in the mix as well as the UK.

He said: “It depends where it is. That [£100m] is the kind of number both fighters will expect for a fight like this.

“You wouldn’t get near that number in the UK, that is for sure.

“That is why I say we agree a deal and now we all go out collectively to the market and present the fighters with the offers.

“The only way we get to 50 per cent of the money in the UK is if 100 per cent capacity is back.”

Both fighters have agreed a 50/50 split for the first fight with the winner taking 60 per cent of the pot for a rematch.

But among the major issues that need resolving other than the venue are TV rights.

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When asked how long he thinks talks could take, Hearn added: “Couple of days.

“There is no reason we cannot complete the deal and then move on and solve the other problems.

“We need to write to the governing bodies and say yes we have a deal and we will now talk to the various sites and confirm the dates shortly for what I suppose will be the end of May.”

Fury went on social media immediately after Joshua's ninth-round knockout win over Kubrat Pulev to criticise his Brit rival.

The Gypsy King said he will knock Joshua out “in three rounds”.

But Joshua said: “That's good to hear. At least I can get him in the ring.

“He’s on the right track. Tyson Fury is talented and will bring out the best in me.

“I’m just looking at Fury. That's the only guy that I’m there for in the crowd.”

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