LAS VEGAS’ £1.6BILLION ‘Death Star’ stadium could now host the bumper showdown between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua.
The Gypsy King and AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn have both posted images of the stunning Allegiant Stadium onto their Instagram stories yesterday.
And that has prompted boxing fans to speculate the venue may now be about to stage the clash of the heavyweight titans.
The biggest fight in the history of British boxing is close to being finalised, with both fighters and their respective teams going over the lucrative site offers they've recently received.
Saudi Arabia, Qatar, China, and Singapore have all expressed an interest in hosting Joshua vs Fury.
But talks over staging the multi-million-pound bout at Wembley have also been had.
Each fighter has already penned the £200m contract to unify the division – but now a venue has appeared to enter the mix.
The Allegiant Stadium only opened last year and hosts the Las Vegas Raiders NFL team with a capacity of 70,000.
It stands in the Nevada desert and is the first mega stadium to be built in Sin City.
Vegas has hosted numerous legendary clashes in the past, with both the MGM Grand and T-Mobile Arenas only housing up to 20,000 spectators.
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The Allegiant Stadium, which cost $1.97bn to construct, has now emerged as an attractive option due to its sheer size.
It has been dubbed ‘The Death Star’ due to its impressive futuristic outer appearance.
And Vegas officials have now also announced they plan to allow venues to have 100 per cent capacities from June 1.
Fury is currently in Vegas to begin his fight camp and yesterday he sent tongues wagging and keyboards into overdrive after he reposted a video promoting the Allegiant Stadium to his Instagram story.
AJ’s promoter Hearn is also in the city, and he also shared an image of the stadium just hours after Fury’s post.
However, not everyone is convinced the Fury vs Joshua fight should be staged there due to a lack of demand from the American public:
Hearn is confident the fight will be finalised in the near future, saying last weekend: “We are very close. Tomorrow [Sunday] both guys will be presented with the options for a fight in the summer.
“Joshua doesn’t talk much about fights – but he talks when it’s close. You can feel the excitement building.
“We are in a great place with several offers on the table. I’m quietly confident. It was nice to see Fury post with enthusiasm because he feels that we are close.
“The teams will get together. I will try to see Bob Arum on Tuesday. We’re nearly there. We have worked really hard and we don’t want to give in.
“It [Wembley] will be presented. Financially, it’s not at the races.
“The question is: can we get 100,000 fans on July 24, the potential date in London? The answer is ‘we hope so’. It is difficult to make a decision on that basis.
“This is why it’s taking longer than expected. It’s the logistics, testing policies, crowds.
“But now is the time to make this fight. Now. The summer. We may not get this opportunity again. Both guys accept that and are ready for the challenge.”
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