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Football World Cup – Breakaway Super League players would be banned from World Cup 2022

World football administering body FIFA has said players who highlight in any breakaway European Super League would be prohibited from playing in FIFA rivalries, including the World Cup. Football fans can buy FIFA World Cup 2022 Tickets from our website at discounted prices.

Sources told ESPN in October that any breakaway competition, which would adequately supplant the Champions League, could be bound to disappointment. As it would battle to get a vital endorsement from overseeing bodies.

Football World Cup – Breakaway Super League players would be banned from World Cup 2022
Football World Cup – Breakaway Super League players would be banned from World Cup 2022

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In a joint explanation with European administering body UEFA and the other five mainland confederations on Thursday. FIFA said it would not perceive any such breakaway. “Considering ongoing media hypothesis about the formation of a shut European.

”Super League’ by some European clubs, FIFA and the six confederations (AFC, CAF, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, OFC, and UEFA) by and by might want to repeat. And unequivocally accentuate that such opposition would not be perceived by either FIFA or the particular confederation,” the assertion said.

“Any club or player engaged with such an opposition would as an outcome not be permitted to take an interest in any opposition coordinated by FIFA or their confederation.”

European Super League:

It viably implies any player at a club in the European Super League would be restricted from worldwide football. They would not have the option to address their country in the World Cup or World Cup qualifiers.

While confederations would likewise restrict them from playing in mainland competitions. Like the European Championship, Copa America, CONCACAF Gold Cup, and UEFA Nations League.

The possibility of a breakaway association, as an option in contrast to UEFA’s lead Champions League. This has been drifted for a long time, yet theory has heightened in the previous two years.

While the assertion rehashes FIFA’s longstanding approach that all rivalries ought to be perceived by public organizations and confederations. The circumstance and joint nature of the revelation demonstrate a developing worry. This time the dangers of a breakaway class could be something beyond an arranging strategy from the huge clubs.

Football World Cup – Breakaway Super League players would be banned from World Cup 2022

Der Spiegel:

In November 2018, the German magazine Der Spiegel, referring to released archives. Revealed that Real Madrid had been making arrangements for a Super League to highlight the mainland’s greatest clubs.

Albeit some of those clubs denied they were in talks. Real president Florentino Perez has kept on discussing the requirement for significant changes in European club rivalry. In October, active Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said he had marked the club up to a Super League.

“The governing body affirmed the necessities to take an interest in a future European Super League, a task advanced by the huge clubs in Europe,” he said.

On Monday, Perez ventured out to Turin to meet Juventus president Andrea Agnelli, who is top of the European Club Association (ECA), which addresses the greatest groups on the mainland.

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RTS set to leave Warriors at end of the year for All Blacks Rugby World Cup goal

Warriors star Roger Tuivasa-Sheck looks likely to leave the club at the end of the season to try to break into the All Blacks squad for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Rugby fans can book Rugby World Cup Tickets on our website at exclusively discounted prices.

The club is resigned to the likelihood of RTS switching codes after he was recently granted permission to negotiate only with New Zealand Rugby.

As first reported by NewsCorp Australia on Thursday, the 27-year-old Dally M Medalist intends to play out the 2021 Telstra Premiership season with the Warriors before trying his hand at the 15-player code to give him enough time to break into the national team for the World Cup in France.

RTS set to leave Warriors at end of the year for All Blacks Rugby World Cup goal
RTS set to leave Warriors at end of the year for All Blacks Rugby World Cup goal

Warriors CEO Cameron George told NRL.com that the club would not be making any comment on their captain’s playing future.

He is contracted to the club until the end of 2022 and has an option in his favor for the following season.

The All Blacks have only ever signed one player who has not played union in New Zealand – dual international Sonny Bill Williams, who was lining up in club rugby in France in 2011.

Tuivasa-Sheck spent some time training with the New Zealand Sevens squad in the North Island town of Mt Maunganui in November.

In September, soon after being appointed to take over as coach in 2021, Nathan Brown told Triple M that he thought it would be “a bonus” if RTS played for the Warriors this year and said that “Roger does have a desire to represent the All Blacks like many, many young Kiwi kids”.

It is understood the Kiwis would still be keen for Tuivasa-Sheck to play at the Rugby League World Cup at the end of this year in the United Kingdom even if he does decide to commit to the union for 2022 and beyond.

RTS set to leave Warriors at end of the year for All Blacks Rugby World Cup goal

RTS has played 94 matches at fullback for the Warriors since he arrived in 2016 following an 84-game stint with the Roosters, which included the 2013 grand final triumph as a winger. 

After spending the entire 2020 season relocated in Australia due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Warriors are set to base themselves in the NSW Central Coast for at least the first month of the season when it kicks off in March.

Tuivasa-Sheck publicly stated he struggled with being away from his young family last season under the circumstances brought about by the global health crisis.

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Qatar Football World Cup 2022 – For local glory and global opportunity

The 6th version of the CAF African Nations Championship begins at this end of the week. Competition saved for African players contending in mainland’s public groups. For certain groups, likewise fills in as dress practice before Qatar 2022 qualifiers continue. Football fans can buy  FIFA World Cup 2022 Tickets from our website at discounted prices.

‘Out of the picture and therefore irrelevant’ goes the familiar proverb. Also, for African football fans, occasions to see a significant number of their top internationals can be uncommon, with a great deal playing outside the landmass. This could clarify the energy with which fans welcome every version of the CAF African Nations Championship.

Qatar Football World Cup 2022 – For local glory and global opportunity
Qatar Football World Cup 2022 – For local glory and global opportunity

This opposition is held only for players from the Mother Continent who is dynamic in its public titles. Subsequently empowering fans to see players they watch week-in-week-out in the homegrown classes gladly wearing their public group tones.

The 2020 release, moved to 2021 as a result of Covid-19 and being facilitated by Cameroon. This will be particularly significant for those called up. Introducing as it does the opportunity for them to have a special interest in a crew place in front of the second round of meeting all requirements for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

In which every one of the 16 groups is as yet included. FIFA.com investigates a portion of the competitors just before the mainland standoff.

Key information

Dates: 16 January to 7 February 2021

Host country: Cameroon (Douala, Limbe, Yaounde)

Guarding champions: Morocco

Members: – Group A: Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Mali, Burkina Faso – Group B: Libya, Niger, Congo DR, Congo – Group C: Morocco, Togo, Rwanda, Uganda – Group D: Zambia, Tanzania, Guinea, Namibia

The unique situation

This 6th version was initially set to happen in Ethiopia, before being changed to Cameroon and rescheduled for April 2020. After then being deferred because of the pandemic, the opposition at long last gets in progress this week in Cameroon. This will likewise have the CAF Africa Cup of Nations one year from now.

Qatar Football World Cup 2022 – For local glory and global opportunity

The initial game will see the host country take on Zimbabwe on 16 January at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaounde, where the last will likewise happen on 7 February.

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Hosts under tension: As they plan for their fourth appearance at the occasion and the principal significant men’s competition to be arranged in Cameroon since the 1972 Africa Cup of Nations, the Indomitable Lions will be restless to enhance their quarter-last exits of 2011 and 2016, and make amends for completing lower part of their gathering in 2018.

In any case, the hosts disappointed in their arrangement games (two thrashings and a draw), despite a forward line including two strikers with European involvement with the state of Jacques Zoua and Yannick Ndjeng.

A Moroccan walk:

The Atlas Lions were agreeable victors on home soil at the last version in 2018, thanks in no little part to a relentless Ayoub El Kaabi. The forward got the top scorer and best player grants and constrained his way into Herve Renard’s crew for Russia 2018.

Three years on, he keeps on sharpening his specialty in his public alliance, presently playing for Wydad Casablanca after a short advance spell in China PR, and speaks to his side’s most obvious opportunity with regards to holding the title.

Previous worldwide Mustapha Hadji, the partner to senior group mentor Vahid Halilhodzic. He has been entrusted with intently checking the exhibitions of five parts in Cameroon. These are Abdelkrim Baaddi, Yahya Jabrane, Hicham El Mejhad, Soufiane Rahimi, and Abdelilah Hafidi.

Qatar Football World Cup 2022 – For local glory and global opportunity
Qatar Football World Cup 2022 – For local glory and global opportunity

Another supernatural occurrence for Libya? Victors in 2014 and semi-finalists four years after the fact, Libya have done some incredible things with their groups of nearby players during a period when the country’s public title has consistently been dropped.

By and by this year, it appears fortune is preferring the Mediterranean Knights who, regardless of being killed by Tunisia in qualifying, in any case, made sure about a spot following the resulting withdrawal of the Eagles of Carthage.

Cranes expecting lift-off:

In this their fifth interest (a record they share with Congo DR and Zimbabwe). Uganda looks preferred prepared over ever to at last move beyond the gathering stage. Instructed by Northern Irishman Johnathan McKinstry, who drove Rwanda in the 2016 release. The Cranes will take certainty from their 2019 CECAFA Cup title.

On the other side, be that as it may, Patrick Kaddu, the top scorer in the passing period of this African Nations Championship. Later finished the paperwork for Moroccan club RS Berkane and is accordingly ineligible for the competition.

Panthers back for additional: Winners in 2009 and 2016, Congo DR would cherish a third title on their return, after missing the 2018 version. The Leopards welcome back previous mentor Florent Ibenge. He had recently appreciated accomplishment with the full public group. Before leaving his post in 2019 after a disillusioning presentation in that year’s Cup of Nations.

The current crew draws vigorously from the two neighborhood goliaths. TP Mazembe and AS Vita-Club, and has three players – Micah Mika, Ley Matampi, and Ricky Tulenge. They were important for the group that won the 2016 title.

What they said:

“Well disposed matches are not equivalent to serious ones. In rivalry, some of the time it’s the most decided group that successes. We need to satisfy our name of Indomitable Lions by giving our all in each game. Our nation has put an incredible arrangement in facilitating this competition, so we can’t leave that alone in vain. We’ll be giving everything.” – Jacques Zoua, Cameroon striker and Africa Cup of Nations victor in 2017

Qatar Football World Cup 2022 – For local glory and global opportunity
Qatar Football World Cup 2022 – For local glory and global opportunity

“On the off chance that we get ready well, at that point, things should turn out for us. We believe in this gathering of players because the majority of those chosen as of now partook in the 2019 CECAFA Cup.” – Johnathan McKinstry, Uganda mentor, and 2019 CECAFA Cup champ.

“There’s still work to be done however we’re near being prepared since time is running short requirements. The [preparation] games were welcome and permitted us to see a portion of our weaknesses and prepare for the finals. We’re speaking to a whole country so there’s no edge for a blunder.” – Gnama Akate, Togo chief.

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Breakaway Super League players would be banned from World Cup – FIFA

World football governing body FIFA has said players who feature in any breakaway European Super League would be banned from playing in FIFA competitions, including the World Cup.

Sources told ESPN in October that any breakaway tournament, which would effectively replace the Champions League, could be doomed to failure, as it would struggle to get crucial approval from governing bodies.

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Breakaway Super League players would be banned from World Cup - FIFA
Breakaway Super League players would be banned from World Cup – FIFA

In a joint statement with European governing body UEFA and the other five continental confederations on Thursday, FIFA said it would not recognise any such breakaway.

“In light of recent media speculation about the creation of a closed European ‘Super League’ by some European clubs, FIFA and the six confederations (AFC, CAF, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, OFC and UEFA) once again would like to reiterate and strongly emphasise that such a competition would not be recognised by either FIFA or the respective confederation,” the statement said.

“Any club or player involved in such a competition would as a consequence not be allowed to participate in any competition organised by FIFA or their respective confederation.”

It effectively means any player at a club in the European Super League would be banned from international football. They would not be able to represent their country in the World Cup or World Cup qualifiers, while confederations would also ban them from playing in continental tournaments like the European Championship, Copa America, CONCACAF Gold Cup and UEFA Nations League.

The idea of a breakaway league, as an alternative to UEFA’s flagship Champions League, has been floated for many years, but speculation has intensified in the past two years.

While the statement restates FIFA’s longstanding policy that all competitions should be recognised by national federations and confederations, the timing and joint nature of the declaration indicates a growing concern that this time the threats of a breakaway league could be more than just a negotiating tactic from the big clubs.

Breakaway Super League players would be banned from World Cup – FIFA

In November 2018, German magazine Der Spiegel, citing leaked documents, reported that Real Madrid had been making plans for a Super League to feature the continent’s biggest clubs.

Although a number of those clubs denied they were in talks, Real president Florentino Perez has continued to talk of the need for major changes in European club competition.

In October, outgoing Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said he had signed the club up to a Super League.

“The board of directors approved the requirements to participate in a future European Super League, a project promoted by the big clubs in Europe,” he said.

On Monday, Perez travelled to Turin to meet Juventus president Andrea Agnelli, who is head of the European Club Association (ECA), which represents the biggest teams on the continent.

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Frank Warren predicts Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury will be sometime in May or June as heavyweights prepare to meet twice in 2021

Frank Warren is confident Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury will finally meet this year in either May or June.

However, the legendary promoter again stressed the COVID-19 pandemic made it extremely unlikely the fight will happen in the UK this year. Boxing fans can book Boxing Tickets on our website at exclusively discounted prices.

The first undisputed world heavyweight title fight since Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis locked horns in 1999 looks closer than ever after the WBO reached out to Oleksandr Usyk.

With the Ukrainian likely to face Joe Joyce for the interim strap, it leaves Joshua and Fury free to duke it out for the WBA, WBO, WBC, IBF and Ring Magazine titles.

Frank Warren predicts Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury will be sometime in May or June as heavyweights prepare to meet twice in 2021
Frank Warren predicts Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury will be sometime in May or June as heavyweights prepare to meet twice in 2021

Fears about the fight not being in the UK, despite two British fighters taking part, had intensified in recent weeks given the alarming surge of coronavirus and yet another national lockdown gripping the nation.

And although Warren admitted the fight may not happen on these shores, the first of two blockbuster bouts could be coming in just a matter of months.

“Everybody wants the fight between Tyson and Anthony Joshua,” Warren told Jim White on talkSPORT.

“That is what the agenda of everybody who is concerned is and we will do all we have got between us all to make sure it happens.

“That’s the fight everybody wants to see and, whatever the result of the arbitration, if and when we get some result we will deal with it as and when.

“I honestly believe the next fight will be the two guys, nobody can predict anything at the moment, can they? We are in the middle of this pandemic, we all thought by now we would be having live events in the UK.

Frank Warren predicts Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury will be sometime in May or June as heavyweights prepare to meet twice in 2021

“If you had asked us these four months ago, that was where it was heading. 2021 it was all going to be over, when in fact it is looking worse.

“So it is wherever the best offer comes from; there have been a few offers made, I’m not going to go into where they have come from, but everybody will collectively look at them and collectively the decisions will be made.

“But the fight, we are hoping to get it on and, if we are being realistic, it will be sometime in May or June.

“I hope that in the next few weeks it is over the line. We are supposed to be getting some sort of draft agreement this week and it will be a two-fight deal.”

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Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury takes big step forward as WBO contact Oleksandr Usyk who may fight Joe Joyce

“Now is the best time for the Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury promoters to make Oleksandr Usyk a serious offer either to fight the WBO champion or to step aside and fight for the interim,” says Ukrainian’s promoter. Joe Joyce’s manager ads: “We have also been in talks to fight Usyk next.”

Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury’s dream fight is closer to becoming a reality after the major issue posed by Oleksandr Usyk edged nearer to being resolved. Boxing fans can book Boxing Tickets on our website at exclusively discounted prices.

Usyk’s status as WBO mandatory challenger to the belt held by Joshua was a problem that the governing body have started to settle by contacting the Ukrainian to say he may have to wait for a title shot.

Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury takes big step forward as WBO contact Oleksandr Usyk who may fight Joe Joyce

Early negotiations have now begun to pit Usyk against Joe Joyce (who is ranked No 2 by the WBO) for the organisation’s interim title – meaning Joshua vs Fury can take place next, with every major championship in the heavyweight division at stake.

Joshua is the IBF, WBA and WBO title holder and Fury owns the WBC belt meaning this generation-defining battle would crown the first undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis.

Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk exclusively told Sky Sports: “I received the call from George Warren [the son of Joyce’s promoter Frank Warren] with the offer to promote Usyk vs Joyce for the interim WBO heavyweight championship this spring.

“We also received the letter from WBO saying that they are considering granting sanction for AJ vs Fury.

“But Usyk has never received any serious offer nor did anyone approach him with the offer to ‘step aside’. We all read it from media.

“I know that the WBO in general and its president Paco Valcarcel in particular will never violate the rules of its organisation and sanction the major fight without Usyk’s consent.

“So now is the best time for the AJ vs Fury fight promoters to make Usyk a serious offer either to fight the WBO champion or to step aside and fight for the interim.”

Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury takes big step forward as WBO contact Oleksandr Usyk who may fight Joe Joyce

Usyk won Olympic gold alongside Joshua in 2012 and, as a professional, is unbeaten in 18 and became the undisputed cruiserweight champion before stepping up a division and outpointing Derek Chisora.

Joyce, a 2016 Olympic silver medallist, exploded onto the world title scene two months ago when he brutally ended the unbeaten rise of the feted Daniel Dubois.

Joyce’s manager Sam Jones of SJAM Boxing exclusively told Sky Sports: “We’ve been in talks with Joe’s promoter Frank Warren for a couple of weeks now. We are looking at extending Joe’s deal with Frank and BT given that it is going to expire.

“He is now in a very strong position after beating Daniel Dubois who was tipped worldwide as one of the best young talents in the world. Joe and the team wish Daniel all the best with his recovery from a bad eye injury and I am certain he’ll come again but this is now Joe Joyce’s time to fulfil his dream of becoming world heavyweight champion.

“As well as that we have also been in talks to fight Usyk next which could potentially be for the interim world title which would be a massive fight.

“I think this is a fair outcome for Joe and Usyk to contest for the interim title as AJ vs Fury is the biggest fight in world boxing and it’s only right it is for the undisputed world heavyweight title.”

Joyce previously told Sky Sports about taking on Usyk: “Derek Chisora put up a valiant effort but Usyk’s skills were better. Against me? It would be a different story.

“It would be a mental battle but a physical one too because he’d have a big ‘Juggernaut’ coming towards him for 12 rounds.”

Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury takes big step forward as WBO contact Oleksandr Usyk who may fight Joe Joyce

The former WBC champion has entered a mediation process to lure Fury back into the ring for a third fight.

Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports: “[Fury’s US promoter Bob Arum] is not too concerned. He feels like the contract is over.

“There is an arbitration going on in that respect. I don’t see that as an issue. If there is, Fury has to give Wilder some kind of compensation to take these two fights [against Joshua].”

Arum told Sky Sports: “I think we’ll sort through any issues and arrive at the conclusion, which is the fight that everybody wants.”

A location for Joshua vs Fury is yet to be decided but both boxers’ promoters have suggested they can amicably agree.

A week ago Arum told Sky Sports: “I don’t want to make a deadline, but I just can report that everything so far has been going splendidly, and we hope to have a signed document within the next couple of weeks.

“I’m 95 per cent confident the fight happens, and I’m 100 per cent confident that my guy wins, and wins by knockout.”

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Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury: The crazy broadcast plan behind £200m fight

Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury promises to be the biggest fight of a generation.

While the pair is yet to put pen to paper on a contract, reports coming out of both camps suggest that official confirmation is on the horizon.

According to Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, most of the sticking points have been ironed out, with the Matchroom king-pin recently claiming that the deal is as good as done.

The venue for the fight continues to be shrouded in mystery, though, after Bob Arum declared that a host nation had been secured before Hearn refuted that claim.

Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury: The crazy broadcast plan behind £200m fight
Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury: The crazy broadcast plan behind £200m fight

Another major issue that still needs sorting are the broadcast rights for the fight.

Joshua has an exclusive deal with Sky Sports while Fury boasts a similar partnership with BT. 

There is a similar conundrum in the USA, where Fury and Joshua again have exclusive deals with competitors ESPN and DAZN.

As a result, there is a broadcast cold war brewing with some of the wealthiest organisations in the television game fighting desperately for the right to show the bout.

However, Hearn thinks that he may have a solution to suit all parties and believes that a deal could be struck to see the rights shared.

“I don’t think it will be difficult. There’s a solution for everybody,” he said.

“The two broadcast issues are DAZN and ESPN in America – AJ has a matching rights deal with DAZN and Fury has an exclusive deal with ESPN.

“When you flip that in the UK, AJ has an exclusive deal with Sky and Fury has matching rights with BT.

Is there a deal where all four of those parties can carry broadcast of the fight? Yeah, I believe there is.

Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury: The crazy broadcast plan behind £200m fight
Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury: The crazy broadcast plan behind £200m fight

“I can’t speak on behalf of Sky, but I’m not sure they would have an issue with saying to the public, ‘You can watch on Sky or BT.”

While it is rare, there are several case studies of successful broadcast sharing deals to draw upon.

HBO and Showtime teamed up to show the Mike Tyson vs Lennonx Lewis in 2002 while FOX and ESPN cross-promoted Floyd Mayweather’s victory over Manny Pacquiao.

Fans will be hoping a deal can soon be struck but Hearn may have a bit of a juggling act on his hands in the meantime.

One only hopes that what is best for the fans remains at the forefront of all the negotiations.

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Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury fight contract will be signed within four weeks, says Eddie Hearn

Eddie Hearn’s next job will be to decide on a venue, with the Middle East a likely destination for the mega-fight

The summer mega-fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury could be signed within a month and promoter Eddie Hearn is already eying a winter rematch in Cardiff.

The British Boxing Board of Control suspended all competition for January as Britain went into the latest lockdown with levels of Covid-19 now higher than ever across the country.

But Hearn has announced a bullish return for his Matchroom stable with five cards taking place throughout February and March and he now hopes to finally seal the biggest fight in British history for “end of May, start of June”.

Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury fight contract will be signed within four weeks, says Eddie Hearn
Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury fight contract will be signed within four weeks, says Eddie Hearn

The promoter says the two world heavyweight champions have already agreed on a 50:50 split and the finer points of the deal could be signed within three weeks. He says he will then get to work on deciding which of the 10 interested international venues would be most appropriate.

“We’re in a good place with Joshua-Fury,” Hearn said. “Talks are progressing, it’s going really well, we’re drafting contracts and I think, really, if someone said to me ‘How long do you think?’ I said in the next four weeks – that’s when the deal will get closed.

“We’re in a position now where everything is being finalised in the contractual sense, then we will go to the venues where we’ve had offers and say: OK, now we’re looking to negotiate and finalise that, then we’ll make sure both fighters are happy.

“But we’re almost at a point now where we can go out to the venues with confidence and say we have a fight. Once we do that we’re in a good place.”

Hearn had hoped to ensure that the unification clash between IBF, WBA, WBO champion Joshua and the current WBC king Fury would take place on British soil but with coronavirus still precluding fans from attending sporting events, that is now impossible.

Instead Joshua and Fury will take their show on the road and hope to split a colossal site fee in a foreign land. “We’ve had conversations in Australia, Singapore, Saudi, Qatar, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Eastern Europe, America,” Hearn added.

“I think the Middle East will be very aggressive and will be frontrunners in this. But we’ve had a lot of other interesting approaches from territories that we might not have thought were players in this fight but I believe they are.

Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury fight contract will be signed within four weeks, says Eddie Hearn
Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury fight contract will be signed within four weeks, says Eddie Hearn

“To stage this fight you’re going to need significant government support. I don’t think a major gate alone [will be enough], and this is the problem with the US where we could do a huge gate. It needs to be bigger than that.

“It’s going to be difficult for a country that doesn’t have financial support from the government to land an event like this. You need someone who is going to stage the fight as a statement for their country, for exposure for their country, to showcase tourism and to showcase they’re up and running as a nation.

“Anywhere that is reliant on a gate is out of the question in light of the restrictions.”

However, with the government’s vaccination plans now gathering pace, there is a hope that life could return to something approaching normal towards the end of this year. And that could open the door for any rematch between the heavyweight duo to take place back in Britain.

Wembley Stadium is not suitable during the winter because of its lack of roof so Hearn says a return to Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, where Joshua boxed both Carlos Takam and Joseph Parker, is most likely.

“I’d like the second fight to be in the UK,” Hearn said. “Again you’re reliant on where could we go? Principality stadium, really.

“Right now Britain has got better things to spend our money on than bringing in a major sporting event but we’d be a lot of under pressure for that fight to be in the UK. I don’t really want two of them outside the UK if we can at all help it.”

However, one heavyweight fight which now looks set to take place overseas is Dillian Whyte’s rematch with Alexander Povetkin – and Gibraltar has emerged as a bizarre contender to host it.

Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury fight contract will be signed within four weeks, says Eddie Hearn
Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury fight contract will be signed within four weeks, says Eddie Hearn

Whyte was knocked out in one of the most dramatic finishes of 2020 when Alexander Povetkin dragged himself off the canvas to stop Whyte with a hellacious uppercut in the fifth round of their August clash.

The rematch was supposed to take place in November but Povetkin was forced to withdraw after contracting Coronavirus. Then the Russian was hospitalized for a second time by the virus at the turn of the year which meant a second provisional date in January was cancelled.

But it has been announced that Whyte will get his chance of revenge on March 6 – although home advantage is not assured.

“There is a possibility that the Whyte fight will go international,” Hearn said. “We’ve spoken to some quite interesting ones, a couple in the Middle East and we’ve also spoken to Gibraltar and also to Monaco.

“The feeling from Dillian is he would like crowds for that fight. It’s a big fight for him and he would prefer that fight in front of some kind of crowds but even in the territories I mentioned there’s no guarantee that would be the case either. There could be crowds in Gibraltar.”

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British and Irish Lions supporters start petition pleading with home nations to shelve any plans to forego South Africa 2021 trip and host first ever domestic tour as more than 1,400 fans sign it within 24 hours

British and Irish Lions fans have started a petition asking the home nations to drop any plan of hosting the next tour in the UK.

Warren Gatland’s side is set to tour South Africa this summer, with the plan as things stand for it to go ahead. 

However, due to the current pandemic alternative arrangements are being drawn up, including the prospect of a first-ever home tour. 

British and Irish Lions supporters start petition pleading with home nations to shelve any plans to forego South Africa 2021 trip and host first ever domestic tour as more than 1,400 fans sign it within 24 hours
British and Irish Lions supporters start petition pleading with home nations to shelve any plans to forego South Africa 2021 trip and host first ever domestic tour as more than 1,400 fans sign it within 24 hours

A decision is set to be made by early next month on whether to press ahead or make alternative arrangements, with the preference being to move the tour to 2022.

However, the fierce resistance to that proposal from some home nations, as reported by Sportsmail last week, leaves the possibility of a UK tour a real option.

As a result, fans have fought back, pleading with the powers that be to come to an arrangement that would allow the series to be moved back a year. 

The petition on Change.org, started by Mark Gardner, stated: ‘Covid-19 will almost certainly prevent the 2021 British & Irish Lions tour from taking place in the host country of South Africa.

‘We are petitioning for the home nations of England (RFU), Scotland (SRU), Ireland (IRFU) Wales (WRU) who collectively make up the British & Irish Lions Board, and South Africa (SA Rugby) to do the right thing by agreeing to switch the Lions tour to 2022, placing this before the needs of their own country’s proposed summer tours. 

British and Irish Lions supporters start petition pleading with home nations to shelve any plans to forego South Africa 2021 trip and host first ever domestic tour as more than 1,400 fans sign it within 24 hours
British and Irish Lions supporters start petition pleading with home nations to shelve any plans to forego South Africa 2021 trip and host first ever domestic tour as more than 1,400 fans sign it within 24 hours

‘The Lions requires only 36 players from across the four home nations.

‘A well-documented UK-hosted replacement Series in July 2021 not only dilutes the rich touring history of the Lions, it denies South Africa’s fans, stadia, businesses, and whole tourism infrastructure the opportunity to host, impress and benefit from the 30,000 fans expected to follow the world’s most passionate invitational touring team.’

 As of 3pm on Tuesday afternoon, the petition had already garnered 1,457 signatures after just 24 hours after being set up. 

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British lions: Boks have to be at their best to beat Lions

Former Springbok scrumhalf Fourie du Preez says the British & Irish Lions have ‘all the ingredients’ to make the 2021 tour of South Africa successful. Rugby fans can book British lions 2021 tickets on our website at exclusively discounted prices.

Du Preez was a major part of the Springbok team which claimed a 2-1 series victory over the Lions during their previous tour of South Africa in 2009.

British lions: Boks have to be at their best to beat Lions
British lions: Boks have to be at their best to beat Lions

Since then, the Lions have come under the tutelage of former Wales coach Warren Gatland, who has taken the invitational team to a series win over Australia in 2013 and a drawn series with the All Blacks in 2017 and will be coaching the team again in South Africa.

Gatland’s Wales’s team also had a good record against the Springboks, having gone on a four-match winning run between 2016 and 2018, which South Africa managed to bring to an end in the 2019 World Cup semi-finals.

Speaking to Rugby World magazine, Du Preez said Gatland’s knowledge combined with the ominous form of the United Kingdom nations mean that the Springboks will have to be at their very best if they hope to claim a series victory in July.

‘The Lions weren’t ready for that first Test in 2009. I doubt they will make the same mistake in 2021,’ Du Preez said.

British lions: Boks have to be at their best to beat Lions

‘Warren Gatland has been successful on past tours to Australia and New Zealand. He knows what’s required in South Africa, having been part of the coaching team in 2009 and having been head coach of Wales for so long.

‘England have been playing good rugby and winning big matches. Ireland has a lot of good players, and there are a few from Scotland, too. Gatland will know how to get the best out of the Welsh players.

‘The Lions certainly have all the ingredients for a successful tour. The Boks will have to be at their very best to come out on top.’

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