The boxer claims an unnamed Dubai sheikh made the offer.


Heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury has made a claim that a Dubai sheikh offered $120m to host a title bout between Fury and Vladimir Klitschko on a private luxury yacht.

Fury revealed the plan, which he says is unlikely to happen, after being presented with a belt from The Ring magazine marking him as the top heavyweight boxer in the world.

The 27-year-old Fury defeated 10-year reigning heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, 39, in November 2015 to become the unified heavyweight champion. Fury is contractually obligated to fight Klitschko in a rematch.

Fury, from Manchester in the UK, reportedly claimed the unnamed sheikh’s offer was to have an exclusive heavyweight championship under media blackout on a private yacht, with tickets going for $1m apiece.

The boxer also reportedly said he would have had the better half of the $120m purse and that he was ‘all for it.’

Fury told the Daily Telegraph he didn’t think the yacht-based fight would be agreed and cited five other venues that are likely to play host to the sparring pair, including Wembley, Croke Park in Dublin, Germany, where the duo fought in November, Abu Dhabi and Qatar. Negotiations for a venue apparently also included a cruise ship, but Fury said he’d rather be in the Middle East for the fight, if he fights at all.

The boxer claimed he may end his career in an interview with BBC 5 radio, saying he was struggling to find motivation and never wanted to allow money to determine whether he would fight.

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