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Boxing promoter hints staging heavy­weight boxing match in Africa

 Anthony Joshua could revisit the Rumble in the Jungle as part of an “icon­ic” bout around the 50th anniver­sary of the legendary fight, says Eddie Hearn.

Promoter Hearn says talks have taken place over the heavyweight contender fighting in Africa, and that government backing for an event is available.

Joshua, 34, has Nigerian an­cestry but has never fought on the continent.

 “It’s something that would be iconic for the sport,” Hearn told BBC World Service’s Newsday of the proposals.

“When we’re visiting these countries, there’s government fund­ing to stage these events.

“Sometimes that isn’t forth­coming in all areas but there have been discussions and I think it will happen in time.”

Muhammad Ali and George Foreman contested the heavyweight world championship in Zaire – now Democratic Republic of Congo – in October 1974 in one of the greatest fights of all time.

Both men were champions during the long careers that made them legends, with Ali knocking out Foreman in the eighth round to win the WBA, WBC and Ring titles.

Joshua held the WBA belt for a combined total of almost four years and has been IBF, WBO and IBO champion, although he is currently aiming to win back the titles he failed to regain from Ukrainian,OleksandrUsyk, in Saudi Arabia in August 2022.