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AJ/Wilder - Boxing's Biggest Fight Headed To Vegas?

UK Summer Fight To Lose Out To A Las Vegas Showdown In The Autumn

By Aaron Cooper   - @intuboxingfm

It seems like we are very nearly there. Boxing's biggest cold war is very nearly over. 

The whisper's are making way for louder grumbles and it appears that we might just get to see an undisputed heavyweight champion crowned by the end of the year. IntuBoxing has learned that the biggest fight in boxing is very close to being signed. We are nearly there ladies and gentleman.

The bad news for UK boxing fans is that it seems that Eddie Hearn has lost his grip on the fight being held in the UK, instead, we will see WBA 'Super', IBF & WBO Champion, Anthony Joshua make a long-awaited US debut against WBC Champion, Deontay Wilder. The fight is being slated to take place in either November or December in Las Vegas with the T-Mobile Arena being considered as the favored venue to hold this titanic heavyweight collision. 

Eddie Hearn had originally stated that he wanted a Wembley summer fight, followed by a rematch stateside in the autumn/fall. But given we are near the end of May, time constraints have well and truly hammered the breaks on that option. 

The weight of Wilder's offer appears to have removed any control Hearn tried to impose on keeping this fight in the UK where his partnership with AJ has sold 250,000 tickets in just three fights.

This will undoubtedly be the biggest heavyweight fight Vegas, or America has seen in over a decade. You would need to look back to Lennox Lewis's clash with Vitali Klitschko for a fight that would resemble the magnitude of the fight in front of us. 

A fight in the Autumn does allow both champion's respective teams, as well as broadcasting giant Showtime, to promote sales, and boy would they need to. Wilder's team have promised Joshua a whopping $50 million in negotiations. So you can expect hefty ticket prices for the 20,000 seater arena and a lofty PPV price to help cope with those financial demands. Wilder too should walk away with an eight-figure payday higher than the original offer from Hearn when you take worldwide sales into consideration. 

This is a huge blow for the UK in the short term as there is no guarantee that a rematch will land in London. The rematch to is expected to be held in the US.

The risks in this fight are huge, but there is everything to gain. For AJ a win over Wilder would truly turn him into a global sporting icon. For Wilder, the risks are equally as great, but the rewards are even bigger as he may finally gain the recognition from his own countrymen as one of America's biggest sporting stars. The UK too has everything to lose as it has seen an Indian summer in recent years, putting on the biggest boxing cards worldwide. Not to say that a Joshua loss would stop that, but it would certainly force a few steps back from the big nights and bright lights we are used to seeing in recent times.