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The vast sums of money that sloshes around at the highest levels of world boxing have always dictated the rules of boxing, particularly where and when fights take place.

And the impending unification bout between Anthony Joshua and American Deontay Wilder looks set to be hosted across the pond on US shores.

The stakes are high, not least the fact that all major belts of heavyweight world boxing will be decided in this match-up.

But, the financial rewards are staggering, which is why the fight is drifting further away from the UK.

According to World Boxing News, Joshua's camp are likely to agree to the heavyweight contest against Deontay Wilder being held in the USA later in 2018. It will be Joshua's first fight in the USA.

Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn has worked hard to bring the title fight to Wembley Stadium, but the Wilder camp's offer of $50 million will be incumbent upon the USA hosting the bout. And, talk of a summer clash has been scotched as both camps jostle to find a time better suited to Wilder, broadcaster interests, and sponsors.

The likely date will be November or early December at Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena. 

While the Las Vegas venue is smaller, with capacity of just 20,000 fans versus Wembley's 90,000 - gate receipts are the smaller element in weighing up the earnings potential of this "undisputed title holder" fight.

With the timeline stretched until the end of the year, both promoters now have valuable extra time to massage the earnings potential for this fight, particularly with pay-per-view broadcaster Showtime who hasn't hosted a title fight on US soil of this magnitude since the Lennox Lewis versus Vitali Klitschko contest in 2003.

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If the Wilder camp is serious about the $50 million payday for Briton Anthony Joshua, they'll need to hustle for every dollar especially in selling the broadcast rights internationally. 

It's fitting in some ways that the home of gambling in America should host this title fight, as both fighters are putting a lot on the line.

Wilder is betting that a successful fight will make him a household name in the USA - increasing his earning potential as well as being the first American boxer to hold all the heavyweight belts since Evander Holyfield did the deed a quarter of a century ago.

For Joshua, he'll forgo home advantage, but to become (or be considered) a great champion, perhaps he needs to fight all-comers, at any time, in any location - even if the fight drags him to foreign climes. 

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The US multi-platform broadcaster Showtime is working in the knowledge that whatever the outcome, they will invariably host all future heavyweight title fights with defences against the likes of Alexander Povetkin and Dominic Breazeale.

It has been a 'purple patch' for the UK's boxing promoters having dominated big ticket events over the last decade or so, and that has certainly irked the boxing community in America. They'll be working on engineering a fortress-like stranglehold if Wilder wins the fight - ensuring that the Hearn's power and control over the sport, along with his fellow British promoters, is diminished.

Joshua perhaps risks the most in this title match-up, but the likely safety net for the Briton will be a rematch clause ensuring that should Joshua fail to subdue his opponent initially, he'll have a second crack down the line.

But that fight too, is probably US-bound.

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