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Larry Holmes on why Anthony Joshua vs. Deontay Wilder should be in the UK

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Perhaps the biggest fight that can be made in the heavyweight division of boxing today, is a bout between IBF, IBO and WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.

Joshua is one of the most dominant boxers in the game today as the heavyweight has won 19 straight fights in his undefeated boxing career, finishing each and every one of his opponents via knockout. His crowning achievement came this past April when he finished Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round of their bout. Joshua became the second man to defeat Klitschko in 13 years, after Tyson Fury snapped 22-fight win streak.

Wilder has had a ridiculous career inside the ring himself, as 31-year-old has won 38-straight fights inside the ring, winning all but one via knockout. Given their credentials, Wilder and Joshua are the two most feared men in the division, and a match between the pair would be sure fire.

For some time now, Joshua has been eying a potential fight with Wilder, however, he needs to get past mandatory IBF, IBO and WBA heavyweight title challenger against Kubrat Pulev later this month (October 28, 2017) first.

While the fight would be a huge draw to boxing purists, legendary heavyweight Larry Holmes thinks the bout would sell better in the UK rather than in Las Vegas in the United States. While Joshua is a huge name in the UK, he isn't nearly as recognized in the U.S.

Holmes believes the fight should ultimately take place in England in Wembley Stadium (quotes via Boxing Scene):

"If it's in England, it would blow the roof off the top of it," said Holmes. "If you're the best, beat the best. If you're the best, you fight who they'll pay you for. You fight down the line: (challenger) one, (challenger) two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10.

"Kick everybody's butt they'll put in the ring. His manager's supposed to be able to do that. But if it's in America, it's a great fight, but the people won't turn out like they would do here.

"As far as I see. People are going to be watching him, lining him up."

What are your thoughts on the possibility of Joshua and Wilder fighting in the UK instead of having the fight in Vegas? Do you think the fight will even happen? And who do you think would emerge victorious if the two heavyweight beasts collide inside the squared circle? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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