Report: Spurs and Arsenal battling for right to host major sporting event

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham and Arsenal are both in contention to be chosen as the venue for Anthony Joshua’s London homecoming with the world heavyweight champion looks towards his next fight.

Joshua reclaimed his WBA, WBO and IBF titles last month with a unanimous points decision over Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia, just months after Ruiz handed him the first defeat of his career in New York.

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports last month that the 30-year-old wants to box again in the UK and that the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is an attractive option for his next fight.

Joshua is mandated by the IBF to face 38-year-old Kubrat Pulev and Hearn has now admitted that is still negotiating terms with Pulev on the details of the next fight.

He suggested that both the Emirates as well as the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium were being considered among other venues.

Sporting Life quotes Hearn as saying: “For AJ we’ve established the IBF mandatory was called long before the WBO one.

“Kubrat Pulev is the frontrunner, but of course in this situation Kubrat Pulev is mandatory and is thinking ‘I want as much money as possible for this fight’.

“We want to do the fight in the UK – which is probably the place where there’s the least amount of money for this fight.

“But at the end of May or early June for us, many venues in the mix – Emirates, Spurs, Twickenham we’ve requested, Millennium (Principality) Stadium.

“It’s time to come home. But Pulev’s got to be in agreeance with that and hopefully, we get that over the line.”

Spurs Web Opinion

One of the benefits of our move to our state of the art new home is the fact that the venue can host of high profile events luke the Joshua fight. In the long term, being able to host matches like this one regularly will enable us to compete financially with some of the biggest clubs.

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