Tottenham’s bid to host major sporting event could be undone by rivals

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium continues to attract both major sporting and other events to N17.

After hosting both Spurs and two NFL matches since opening last year, the North Londoners are set to host rugby union, rugby league and music concerts over the coming months.

The venue is also in the running to host Anthony Joshua’s next boxing title fight against Kubrat Pulev in June.

Britain’s heavyweight star is said to have agreed on a deal in principle Bulgarian Pulev, the IBF mandatory challenger, and Joshua has requested a London venue for the next defence of his WBA, IBF and WBO titles (The Mirror).

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has previously revealed that the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is likely to host the major sporting event (BBC).

It is now reported that North London rivals Arsenal are attempting to hijack Tottenham’s bid by offering to host the clash at the Emirates.

The Gunners have contacted Hearn to ask what it would take for them to secure the fight.

When asked about the fight, Hearn told The Express: “Terms are, I’d not say agreed, but we’re in a good position,” 

“We have an agreement in principle for a June fight.

“Spurs is our preference and now Arsenal have come in.

“When you go to other countries, like in the Middle East, you have Saudi Arabia, they hear Abu Dhabi or Qatar are looking at a fight.

“Well now it’s like Spurs and Arsenal.”

He added: “It’s not been done before at Arsenal, but I don’t see why not.

“If you want to establish yourself as a sports entertainment destination, it’s a pretty big coup to get this fight.

“It’s the north London race for this fight. Tottenham is our preference, but we’re talking to Arsenal and they’ve come in and said, ‘How do we make this happen?’

“I get the feeling that Arsenal and the Emirates would quite like to nick this and it would be like a little one-upmanship for them.

“Emirates was such a revolutionary stadium, but almost feels old now. It’s quite interesting.”

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