Hearn: Joshua-Wilder Happens Where Anthony Wants it to Happen

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Eddie Hearn recognizes that T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is a viable venue for an Anthony Joshua-Deontay Wilder showdown.

Joshua’s promoter made it clear, however, that Joshua ultimately will be the man that decides where their huge heavyweight fight eventually takes place. Hearn made that clarification in response to what Shelly Finkel, Wilder’s manager, said last weekend about bringing the highly anticipated title unification fight to Las Vegas.

Finkel noted that if casino executives in Las Vegas really want the Joshua-Wilder fight, it’ll take place there because they’ll offer more money than the fight could make in England, even if it could draw another capacity crowd of 90,000 to London’s Wembley Stadium.


“Well, it’s very kind of Shelly,” Hearn told “But the fight will happen where Anthony wants the fight to happen. He has no problem with it happening in Vegas. We know all the Vegas numbers. We’ve run them for the Klitschko fight [the scrapped rematch]. And [Finkel] is right – you can generate a bigger gate, bigger than Wembley, bigger than the Klitschko fight gate, in Vegas. But depending on prices. If we wanna upscale the pricing in Wembley, of course you’re gonna create a bigger gate.”

Hearn had his first meeting with Finkel and Al Haymon, Wilder’s adviser, to discuss a Joshua-Wilder fight Thursday morning in New York. The meeting went well, according to Hearn, but he reiterated England’s Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) is unlikely to battle Alabama’s Wilder (39-0, 38 KOs) in his next fight.

Once negotiations intensify, the site for the Joshua-Wilder fight will be one of the major issues Hearn, Haymon and Finkel will need to resolve.

“Deontay wants this fight in America, but he says he’ll fight in the UK,” Hearn said. “We’d like to fight in the UK, but we say we’d fight in America. Maybe you do two. Maybe you do one in Vegas, one in Wembley. It’s still gonna be the biggest fight in the heavyweight division, even after the first fight, isn’t it? Do you know what I mean?

“So really, my aim, and I feel like Shelly and Al’s aim as well, is to make sure these guys, if they’re involved in a fight of this magnitude and this risk, are rewarded for life. As it happens, Anthony already is set for life, whatever happens. But in a fight of this magnitude, the ultimate responsibility of the advisers and the promoters is to give them a payday that is astronomical. And I believe the numbers are there to generate it.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Pusnuts on 11-11-2017

[QUOTE=BoxingTech718;18202756]If AJ wants to be a world wide star he does it in Vegas. I don’t think Wilder would have any advantage anyway since he doesn’t fight often on the West Coast. It would even be great if they did…

Comment by BoxingTech718 on 11-11-2017

[QUOTE=Pusnuts;18201797]As a neutral but UK born, this fight should happen in Vegas, it will be more epic and make the sport bigger by bringing back mainstream attention to heavyweight championship. With these 2 characters (could say 3) im pretty sure…

Comment by Jkp on 11-11-2017

[QUOTE=OldTerry;18201909]Wilder's jab, fast feet and sledgehammer punch should make him the winner against Joshua. I agree that AJ has superior boxing skills but once he is hit good (and he will be hit) he will be in a world of…

Comment by sportbuddha on 11-11-2017

The only part of the quote worth listening to was Hearn saying it’s the job of managers and promoters to make their fighters as much money as possible for the risks they take. This is why Hearn has a growing…

Comment by iamboxing on 11-11-2017

[QUOTE=Cinci Champ;18202154]that statement in itself is pointlessly combative and an obvious attempt to try to find a way to find an excuse to delay the fight. All they need is Wilder saying he would like to have it in the…

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