By Jeff Powell For The Daily Mail
Published: 22:08 GMT, 24 February 2020 | Updated: 00:19 GMT, 25 February 2020
The Saudi Arabians are tabling a gigantic bid for Tyson Fury’s next fight, be it a second rematch with Deontay Wilder or a British bonanza against Anthony Joshua.
Four members of the Saudi royal family sat incognito at ringside here on Saturday night as Fury transformed not only himself with a phenomenal crushing of the biggest puncher in ring history but also the entire landscape of heavyweight boxing.
The Saudi party dressed in Western fashion was led by Prince Khaled, which will alarm Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn. It was with this high-ranking dignitary that he collaborated on AJ’s vastly enriching December rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr in Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia is ready to host a £400 million fight between Tyson Fury and his next opponent
Khaled, who is delegated by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to bring to Saudi Arabia the major sports events which can polish the nation’s troubled human rights image.
They consider nothing and no-one bigger now than the Gypsy King, who not only established himself as the pre-eminent heavyweight in the world today with the outstanding performance overseas by any British fighter in history but also reaffirmed his reputation as the ring’s great entertainer.
The Saudis were given a preview of Fury the showman when he made a pilot appearance in WWE wrestling in Riyadh before Christmas and it seems not to matter to them whoever Fury fights, nor in what order. He is seen as the key to unlocking a floodgate of international tourism.
Joshua banked $85 million for regaining his collection of belts from Ruiz in a temporary arena there. Now they envisage a series of fights for Fury in the national stadium, the first in October, which could make him rich beyond the dreams of Croesus.
Who against? Most likely Wilder, who has 30 days in which to decide whether to risk another hospitalising beating in a trilogy fight or to accept a substantial step-aside offer which would trigger immediate but