Klitschko vs Joshua location dispute? Where will it be?Written by Joseph Herron
Due to undisclosed medical issues, reigning lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will be out for an indefinite amount of time and will certainly not be competing in the ring this year.
Although many fans are disappointed the long-awaited rematch with former champion Wladimir Klitschko, most recently scheduled for October 29 at the Manchester Arena will not take place this year, most avid boxing enthusiasts are stoked at the idea of current IBF title holder Anthony Joshua stepping in and seizing the once in a career opportunity to the face the future Hall of Fame heavyweight.
It's been reported that the proposed super fight, Klitschko vs Joshua, is currently being negotiated and is very close to materializing for a November 26 fight date. While both camps seem eager to get it on, the location of the projected event could pose a problem.
Will Klitschko vs Joshua location and venue disputes arise?
Even though the 26 year old champion had the Manchester Arena set aside for his scheduled November 26 return, which was coincidentally the site for the rematch between Klitschko and Fury and holds 21,000 spectators, an event between Wladimir and AJ is a much hotter ticket respectively and would need a venue with a more appropriate seating capacity like the iconic Wembley Stadium in London.
But unfortunately for both K2 Promotions and Matchroom Sports, the two fighters' respective promotional partners, the renowned venue doesn't have a retractable roof, which would pose a serious problem in jolly old England, where the average temperature is around 49 degrees during the final week of November.
So what venue in Europe could realistically host the popular match-up between two huge stars like Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko on November 26?
In Cardiff, Wales, the famed Millenium Stadium has a seating capacity of 74,500 and most importantly has a retractable roof. Fight fans will recognize the venue for hosting Joe Calzaghe versus Mikkel Kessler November 3 of 2007. The event drew 50,000 fans and was featured on HBO World Championship Boxing in America and the now defunct Setanta Sports in the UK.
The site is only 150 miles away from Anthony Joshua's home in London, England, and the suggested venue isn't logistically difficult for Klitschko's massive German fanbase. The capital city of Wales is approximately 573 miles from Hamburg, Germany, which is roughly the distance from El Paso, Texas to Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States.
The venue has potential, but would it be ideal for both fighters and their huge entourage of adoring fans?
The site for Klitschko vs. Fury back on November 28 of last year is also a leading candidate to host the event. The Esprit Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany holds 54,600 spectators and also has a retractable roof, which was why it was the designated host site of last year's huge heavyweight showdown. The German city is only 300 miles away from London, England, and didn't seem to be a problem in attracting the die-hard British fight audience who enthusiastically supported Fury during the twelve round contest. The distance between London and Dusseldorf is closer than Nevada's capital city of Carson City to Las Vegas in the U.S.
But because Joshua is such a massive draw in England and is the current IBF Heavyweight champion, is it reasonable to host the proposed match-up on the title challenger's home turf?
It will be interesting to see where Joshua vs. Klitschko ends up and whether or not the projected event will take place on November 26 of this year. Fight fans around the world are hoping to hear the announcement from both camps by the end of the week.