Wilder-Joshua Super Fight Likely Held This Fall In U.K.
Heavyweight world title holder Deontay Wilder's co-manager Shelly Finkel said that Wilder has "agreed to terms" with fellow unbeaten boxer Anthony Joshua's camp for them to "meet for the undisputed title later this year in Joshua's home country" of the U.K., according to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com. Whether the fight "gets signed remains to be seen." Joshua is a "massive star" in the U.K., where he has "drawn sellout crowds for his past three fights: 90,000 at Wembley Stadium in London and 78,000 for his past two fights at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales." He "insisted on having the fight there, even if the overall revenue for the event could be greater in Las Vegas." The Wilder camp "held out hope" of him agreeing to come to the U.S. Finkel said that the offer Wilder accepted is a "two-fight deal with terms agreed to for a rematch that would take place" in the U.S. She added that the "target date is Sept. 15, but the fight could be in October or November because Sept. 15 is the proposed date for the rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, which they would not compete with." While Joshua's fights are televised on Sky Box Office PPV in the U.K., his contract with Showtime "expired following his March 31 title unification win over Joseph Parker, so a Joshua-Wilder fight could go to the highest bidder in the U.S." (ESPN.com, 6/11).
MOBILE HOT SPOT? In Las Vegas, Gilbert Manzano cites a source as saying that Alvarez’ promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, made a "formal request to reserve T-Mobile Arena" on Sept. 15 for his rematch with Golovkin. The Nevada Athletic Commission is "expected to approve the request at its monthly meeting Thursday" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 6/12).