Annoucements for two massive heavyweight encounters, involving Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, are set to happen this week.
First of all, Wilder v Fury II – the fight that everyone is looking forward to – has to reveal details by a deadline of Wednesday.
The World Boxing Council gave a week-long extension for continued talks. But this runs out in 24 hours.
As for Joshua, the British unified ruler is set to defend his belts in a United States debut against Jarrell Miller.
Both contest are set to take place in New York. With reports Madison Square Garden could host the clashes two weeks apart.
Similarly, The Barclays Center has been labelled a frontrunner for the Wilder v Fury return.
A date of May 18 is earmarked for Wilder v Fury. Joshua v Miller is touted for June 1 at the world famous arena.
It’s unprecedented that two such massive top division collisions will be staged on the same ground so close to each other.
Therefore, Barclays could hold the edge over MSG for Wilder v Fury.
Wilder’s representative Shelly Finkel is based in New York. He’s handling the finer details with Fury’s promoter Frank Warren.
The pair have a close relationship because on continued business. And despite offers from Eddie Hearn to Wilder and Fury to face Joshua instead, a rematch of their December blockbuster was always on the cards.
Fury was dropped twice by Wilder in Los Angeles. Although largely dominated the other rounds. In the end, a draw was settled on.
For Joshua, the build-up to his next outing has been somewhat farcical. Rejected bids to land Wilder, Fury and even Dillian Whyte, left the Olympic gold medallist with few options.
Eventually, Hearn and Joshua turned to Miller. The Matchroom boss saw an opportunity to capitalize on the boom British heavyweight boxing is enjoying stateside thanks to Fury’s efforts.
Once confirmed in the near future, boxing will be gearing up for one of the biggest fortnights in the recent history of the sport.
‘The Big Apple’ will become the epicenter for everything 200 pounds plus. Three of the most recognizable faces in the game will battle it out to be labelled number one.
As a result, it should be some 14 days.
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