Wembley Stadium Pegged for Joshua-Klitschko
For various reasons, the heavyweight super-fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Anthony Joshua did not go down in 2016 as planned. With the WBA sanctioning the fight, however, the IBF champ and former champ are slated to fight in 2017. With Wembley Stadium a likely location, London’s Joshua will have the hometown advantage.
Joshua defends his IBF belt this weekend against outmatched American fighter Eric Molina. That bout was put together when Joshua and Klitschko’s teams could not reach an agreement on the super-fight between the two. Now, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn and Klitschko’s manager Bernd Boente told Boxing News that a deal has been made for the fight.
“We just have a few small little things – not even problems – just small details to sort out but everything is in place," Boente said. “We’ve had very constructive talks for a while now. Wladimir will be in Manchester at the weekend and provided Anthony wins, we are ready.”
When the two camps were in the early stages of negotiation for a Dec. 10 showdown, Klitschko reportedly wanted the vacant WBA belt to be on the line if he were to fight Joshua. With the WBA sanctioning the bout, there are seemingly no more roadblocks for the fight to get made.
Klitschko-Joshua will most likely happen on April 29, and Wembley Stadium is the most likely location according to Boente.
"We’re in talks with Wembley [Stadium], it’s going well,” Boente said. “Obviously nothing is officially done until Anthony wins. Aside from Wembley there is also the [Principality] Stadium in Cardiff, another option. But Wembley is first choice, it’s the most famous stadium in the world."
On Dec. 10, Klitschko will be in Manchester when Joshua defends his IBF belt against Eric Molina, and he will be watching his next opponent closely.