Anthony Joshua will meet Wladimir Klitschko in a World Heavyweight title rematch in Las Vegas on November 11, 2017.
Joshua’s Promoter Eddie Hearn has applied successfully to stage the mega-bucks fight in Nevada. The new hi-tech T-Mobile Arena has been reserved provisionally under the auspices of the MGM Grand group, which is helping bankroll the eight-figure purses for the two fighters with a massive site fee.
A farewell fight in Vegas, the fight capital of the world, is believed to have clinched his agreement. So powerful is the lure of Vegas that Klitschko has turned down a bonus payment in excess of £1.5million to fight under the Principality Stadium roof in Cardiff.
Hearn said: “The venue and the date are the preferred options, with T-Mobile and November 11 penciled in.”
That translates into virtual confirmation that the second edition of the “epic battle” between Joshua and the iconic former world champion Klitschko is on.
Win or lose, this is likely to be Klitschko’s last fight and a source close to his camp said: “If this is to be the end of his fantastic career, he wants to go out in style in Vegas.”