Hearn: Numbers Equal Joshua Fighting In U.K
There are 90,000 reasons why Anthony Joshua is staying in the United Kingdom.
That’s the number of fans that attended his most recent fight against Wladimir Klitschko earlier this year at Wembley Stadium. And there is an expected audience of 75,000 who will sit inside Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales to watch Joshua defend his heavyweight titles against Carlos Takam on October 28th.
The numbers add up to why Eddie Hearn finds it hard to see Joshua crossing the proverbial pond to fight in the United States.
“We wanna try and change the game, try and break down boundaries, and that includes coming to America, Africa, the Middle East as well. It’s very hard for him to leave the UK when you’re selling [75,000], 90,000 seats, setting pay-per-view records.”
“But Anthony Joshua is a global brand. He’s not British heavyweight champion, he’s world heavyweight champion. So in time, I mean we will definitely box abroad in 2018. But the thing now is to get the win on October 28th, and then in the weeks that follow, put an entire plan together for the 2018 schedule and hopefully America is included in that.”
The 28-year-old Joshua was asked during the press conference call for his fight with Takam, if he thinks his eventual showdown with WBC champion Deontay Wilder will take place in the United States.
“I think so, but what I’m saying is I could tell you a million things,” Joshua said. “But I do have some real professional people in the background advising me as well. So I can’t say absolutely U.S., but did you come to Wembley April 29th [for the Klitschko fight]? You saw what that was like. That was phenomenal. That was really good, so that’s why I think it’s like do you wanna create that again, or shall we go overseas and do something new? So it’s good to have options, though. It’s good to have options.”
Hearn explored the possibility of a Joshua-Klitschko rematch to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on November 11. The 41-year-old Klitschko opted to retire, though, rather than attempt to avenge his 11th-round technical knockout defeat to Joshua.
On the subject, Joshua claims there is more than the States on the horizon.
“I would love to fight there because of the great champions that the United States has produced… So it’s more in respect to them – to pour some blood there, drip some sweat and just add it to the scrap book. Do you know where I’m coming from? But at the same time, I’ll fight anywhere. There’s talks of Africa, the Middle East, staying in the UK. But America definitely is at the top of the pyramid for sure. And the thing is, I just don’t wanna come – before I wanted go there for experience. But now I wanna go out there and make some noise. So it’s who I fight. That’s what’s gonna be interesting.”