After a dominant display in his defence of his WBC heavyweight title against Bermane Stiverne in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday night, many boxing fans want to see Deontay Wilder take on Anthony Joshua, and Wilder wants that fight to happen too.
Stiverne didn't stand a chance against Wilder at the weekend, as the Haitian was knocked down three times by the American before the referee stopped the contest with seconds remaining in the first round.
Still undefeated, The Bronze Bomber (39-0, 38 KOs) is now looking for a mega fight against Joshua, who is also undefeated (20-0, 20 KOs), and he is willing to travel to the United Kingdom in order to make it happen.
A fight of this magnitude with both boxers undefeated and heavyweight champions of the world, Las Vegas is apparently interested in hosting the fight. This would be the first time Joshua has fought outside of the United Kingdom.
Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, has repeatedly stated that Joshua-Wilder should take place there at Wembley, while Shelly Finkel, Wilder’s manager, has made the case that it should take place in Vegas, as more people in seats doesn't exactly mean more money.
Finkel said during the post-fight press conference early Sunday morning, via to Boxing Scene: “What you do see on TV is more people, but not necessarily more dollars. When you go to Vegas, if they want this fight, they can put up more [money] than anywhere."
Joshua’s career-defining win against Wladimir Klitschko back in April drew a crowd of roughly 90,000 to Wembley Stadium, which is approximately 79,000 more fans than what attended Wilder’s first-round knockout of Stiverne on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Lou DiBella, who regularly promotes Wilder’s fights, also agrees that Vegas would be the better spot for the fight to take place if they want to make more money, saying: “And this is called prizefighting. So the fight should happen where the biggest prize is.”
Although a Joshua-Wilder heavyweight title unification fight is not expected to be next for either fighter, it's the fight which many boxing fans want to happen. Judging by how much it's being talked about, there's a good chance the fight could happen in 2018.
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