Anthony Joshua’s anticipated rematch with hall of Famer Wladimir Klitschko has a likely venue of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, claims promoter Eddie Hearn.
A second world heavyweight title fight between the pair is set to take place in November, and Hearn flew out to Nevada this week to hold meetings with MGM bosses about staging the bout in their stadium which holds an impressive twenty thousand people.
Hearn revealed last month that Vegas was the preferred destination, despite huge interest in Dubai, Cardiff and Joshua’s homeland Nigeria. Hearn has been a long admirer of the facility and has been impressed with the state-of-the-art venue since its opening in April of last year.
Eddie Hearn has been quoted saying “We met with Richard Sturm and the team at MGM in Las Vegas yesterday and had a full tour of the T-Mobile Arena which is very impressive,”
“There is a huge appetite from both sides to hold the rematch there and we will be talking further over the next week or so to see if that can become a reality.”
The highly acclaimed T-Mobile Arena has already staged two fights for the ever popular Mexican Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and it was the chosen location for Floyd Mayweather’s showdown with Irish UFC superstar Conor McGregor taking place later next month on August 26.
The T-Mobile Arena has already become a preferred venue for boxing events and it’s clear to see that Las Vegas is still the Mecca of boxing.
Negotiations are expected to continue in the coming weeks and MGM are just as eager to secure another mammoth occasion to add to their boxing calendar.
An MGM Resorts International spokesman went onto say: “I don’t know how close we are, but I can tell you that there are discussions taking place and hopefully it would be a great opportunity to have the chance to host the fight.”
When asked about a final decision on the venue, he added: “We are in early discussions now. Hopefully over the next couple of weeks.”