Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko rematch targeted for November 11th in Las VegasGet the Full StoryIf you loved seeing Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko the first time, a rematch is almost set to happen in November. Reigning IBF and WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua 19-0, 19 KOs is just about set for an immediate rematch with Wladimir Klitschko 64-5, 53 KOs , who once ruled atop the division for years. Joshua s promoter, Eddie Hearn, spoke to Sky Sports about a date and venue, as the British star prepares to make his American debut.
"I've been in Vegas with AJ, Hearn said, officially applying for my Nevada boxing license to promote there and that went well.
"I met with the MGM and met with the T-Mobile Arena, Vegas is the front runner and November 11 is the date that is pencilled in.
"It will probably take a couple of weeks to get everything over the line, but I believe Klitschko will take this fight and believe Vegas will be the one.
Klitschko has a rematch clause in place and it s expected that he will activate it. He obviously hasn t signed a contract yet to make the fight official, but everything else has seemingly fallen into place.
Joshua and Klitschko fought in front of a crowd of 90,000 at London s Wembley Stadium in April. In an incredible back-and-forth battle which saw both men hit the canvas, Joshua stopped Klitschko in the penultimate round. Four knockdowns were exchanged, with Joshua dropping Klitschko three times, while Klitschko floored Joshua for the first time in his career. The fight was a major deal in the UK and reportedly set a new PPV record of 1.5 million buys. Interest from United States television networks was strong enough for HBO to strike an unprecedented deal with Showtime to air a same-day replay of the event after Showtime s live broadcast. Joshua has an exclusive US TV deal with Showtime, whereas Klitschko is with HBO, although it s not an exclusive arrangement.
The 41-year-old Klitschko has lost his last two bouts, and the Joshua TKO marked the first time he d been finished since Lamon Brewster s shocking finish in 2004. If the Joshua rematch is set for Vegas, it ll be Wladimir s first Vegas appearance since he defeated DeVaryl Williamson, also in 2004.
At just 27 years old, Joshua represents the future of boxing s heavyweight division, and it s a weight class that s been crying out for new names and exciting talent. There s the obvious possibility that next year he could face WBC champion Deontay Wilder 38-0, 37 KOs , but let s not get too far ahead of ourselves. This is boxing, after all.