News | Mar 13 2017

Could Anthony Joshua be more popular in America than Deontay Wilder?

HBO and Showtime are vying to broadcast Anthony Joshua's mega-fight with Wladimir Klitschko, writes John Dennen
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Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko NYC Press Conference  |  Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing/K2/KMG Management

THE Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko showdown qualifies as a mega-fight. It is a meaningful heavyweight contest contest and will sell a record-equalling 90,000 seats at Wembley Stadium in London on April 29, as well as unifying the IBF and WBA world titles.

A sign of its significance is the major US television networks, Showtime and HBO, vying to screen it. “It’s a bit awkward because we’re with Showtime, they’re with HBO, it’s just trying to find an amicable solution. We’re nearly there,” Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn told Boxing News. “Our loyalties are with Showtime with the Anthony Joshua brand and Klitschko’s loyalties are with HBO. You kind of want to give everybody a fair crack of the whip to find a solution.”

The American broadcaster is expected to be decided soon. There’s no guarantee but it’s possible that Klitschko and Joshua could fight twice. “If it’s great fight and it makes sense, we’ll look to do it again. But we’re looking at hopefully winning and moving on hopefully into unifications,” Hearn continued.