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Eddie Hearn has revealed a surprise venue could host Anthony Joshua v Deontay Wilder

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Twickenham Stadium could play host to a future unification fight between Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.

Wembley Stadium, with a capacity of 90,000, is the preferred choice. The stadium, however, is now the temporary home of Tottenham Hotspur, who are waiting to move into a new ground.

According to Eddie Hearn, Joshua's promoter, a unification bout between Joshua and Wilder could be held at Twickenham which, with a capacity of 80,000, is the next best option for a UK fight.

Hearn was quoted by the Mirror as saying: "Twickenham is a realistic option. Wembley is quite difficult this year. We have already been in contact with them and options aren't great.

"We basically want the biggest possibly stadium and if Wembley is not available, the next best would be Twickenham."

A lot of work still to be done

Hearn is set to meet with Joshua and his trainer Rob McCracken on Tuesday to discuss the terms of a possible bout.

Wilder recently made a mandatory defence of his WBC crown against former champion Bermane Stiverne.

The 39-year old challenger turned up to the fight a shadow of his former self. Since relinquishing the WBC belt to Wilder well over two years ago the Haitian has only had one fight. Unsurprisingly, Wilder knocked him out within the first round. Stiverne stepped in after challenger Luis Ortiz failed a drug test.

Deontay Wilder v Bermane Stiverne

AJ had a recent win over a similarly lack-lustre opponent Carlos Takam, who stepped in to replace Kubrat Pulev following an injury which left the Bulgarian unable to fight.

This would set the two champions up for the reunification fight the fans want to see. A possible face-off would see the pair vie for the IBF, WBA, IBO and WBC crowns.

But don't hold your breath. Both fighters have large domestic followings which might make their respective sides inflexible on the division of the purse. Hearn himself indicated he believes Wilder ought to take a smaller share of the winnings, given that Joshua has the bigger pulling power at the box office.

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