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Joshua-Klitschko II: Hearn Heads To Vegas To Speak With MGM

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.

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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.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Lester Tutor on 11-06-2017

Wilder should floor.Whyte in the UK innit. Since its a guarantee, why not offer more than Martin's purse:dance::dance:

Comment by Little Mac 91 on 07-11-2017

[QUOTE=Roronoazoro;17848309]so hearn and aj want to make their american debut against a 42 year old non american who has cold feet after just getting knocked out after a 2 year layoff due to a previous defeat. hmm this is the…

Comment by KillaCamNZ on 07-11-2017

Just waitin' on the first Wilder nut hugger to come here and say this should be an undercard fight.

Comment by Deus on 07-11-2017

[QUOTE=Roronoazoro;17848309]so hearn and aj want to make their american debut against a 42 year old non american who has cold feet after just getting knocked out after a 2 year layoff due to a previous defeat. hmm this is the…

Comment by etech1 on 07-11-2017

The odds are extremely against klitschko now. Even IF he manages to win, that would call for a tie breaker with AJ, and Klitschko will be how old by then?? He should retire now, and enjoy that hot little blonde…

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