Boxing: What is the reason Joshua vs Wilder will NOT take place in UK?

Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder to be held on US soil
10 May 2018

With so much speculation about whether the fight between ANTHONY JOSHUA and Deontay Wilder will take place, it seems that the hold up is based on heavyweight unification fight’s location. Wilder and his team want it in the US in order to maximise pay-per-view sales, whilst Joshua’s team want it in the UK.


Joshua who is 21-0 holds the WBO, IBF and WBA belts whilst Wilder only has the WBC belt. With this being the case Joshua is surely the A-side coming into the fight and should hold all the cards.

However, according to the Los Angeles Times, the talks are progressing “in the right direction, but very slowly” but as the story unfolds there is one thing becoming clearer, the fight needs to be in a US venue.

With the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas as potential candidates to host the fight, the ones that may be disappointed will be the UK fans who have followed Joshua around from his first fight.

Eddie Hearn reckons Joshua is two fights away before he fights Wilder on his terms. This will be based on fighting American fighters to help raise his profile in the US, but insists the final decisions will be made by Joshua.

“It’s really a case of does Anthony want to take this fight in Las Vegas?” Hearn told iFL TV.

“It has [always been what it comes down] but there’s a general feeling in the team that he has done the business over here.

“We have all worked very hard to create something in England that has never been seen before.

“So it’s the biggest fight out there in world boxing – he would like to deliver that to the UK fans.

“There is also the element of he is the A-side in the fight, so, I think this is probably coming from me and Rob [McCracken – trainer of Joshua] more than AJ, is this fight should take place here. “In our lion’s den.”


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