Anthony Joshua Rematch: Joshua Likely To Rematch Klitshko In November
WBA Champion Anthony Joshua is “most likely” having a rematch with opponent Vitali Klitshko in November this year.
Match promoter, Eddie Hearn is considering venues in Wales, America, China and Dubai for the next world title defense.
Nigerian-born Anthony Joshua and IBF heavyweight champion would soon find out whether Klitschko would favour a rematch after their fierce 11-round battle in Wembley last month.
Joshua, who has a minor shoulder problem after the brutal battle, will take only one more fight this year with November the preferred month.
After attracting a record 90,000 crowd to Wembley, promoter Hearn is assessing other iconic locations for Joshua’s next fight. Among the locations of choice is the Principality Stadium in Cardiff as well as venues in Las Vegas.
“We are looking at potential dates and venues for Anthony Joshua’s next fight – Cardiff, Las Vegas, China, and Dubai are all in play.
Anthony Joshua Rematch Likely In November
“November is the most likely month for a return but it’s early days all round.”
Joshua’s last three fights have been aired on American television network Showtime, who are keen for the unbeaten 27-year-old to make his US debut within ‘the next couple of fights.’ The Principality Stadium, being considered for Joshua’s next fight, has previously staged Joe Calzaghe fights.
It has an attendance record of over 74,000 and its fully retractable roof means it could be a potential option in the winter.
The International Boxing Federation would need to clear a Klitschko rematch. The IBF have installed Kubrat Pulev as their mandatory challenger. Within the week, it is expected that the IBF would decide whether or not their champion has an exception to face the Ukrainian first.