By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
ANTHONY JOSHUA’S promoter Eddie Hearn has jetted to Las Vegas for talks about staging the rematch with Wladimir Klitschko in Sin City.
The WBA, IBO and IBF heavyweight champion is waiting news from the Ukrainian’s camp over whether or not he wants a repeat of their April clash.
But Hearn, along with Matchroom Head of Boxing Frank Smith and Joshua’s manager Freddie Cunningham are flying out to Las Vegas today.
They are due for talks with MGM top brass this week about staging the huge rematch there.
Hearn has made no secret that the fight capital of the world was the leading contender to host the clash.
MGM own a number of properties on the Strip with the MGM Grand Garden Arena and the T-Mobile Arena the favourites to host the clash.
Hearn is looking to stage the fight either on November 11 or 18.
The hotel group will stump up a huge fee to host he bout because they are confident thousands of fans will descend on the Strip to see the heavyweight duo face each other again.
Joshua stopped Klitschko in the 11th round of a thrilling clash in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium on April 29.
It is understood that Klitschko did not want to face the London 2012 Olympic gold medallist at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium in October.
The former heavyweight champion wants a spectacular event rather than fighting in Britain again in front of less fans than the first fight.
Nigeria, Dubai and China were all discussed as potential venues but now it appears Las Vegas is the clear front runner.
Hearn will still need Klitschko to agree to the rematch but is confident he can get a deal from MGM that will entice the ring legend to fight on.
Should Klitschko say no then Joshua will fight Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev, who is mandatory challenger for the IBF belt, in Cardiff on October 28.