Sunday, 11 June 2017 00:11

Joshua vs Klitschko 2: Rematch venue / location could be where?

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Despite losing to IBF Heavyweight Champion Anthony Joshua last month, fight legend Wladimir Klitschko's stock rises.

Not only was it one of his best performances in his career, the fight was one of the greatest in heavyweight title history.

Joshua vs Klitschko drew over 90,000 in attendance at Wembley Stadium in London so there's a lot of speculation about where the rematch will be.

“I think Nigeria is probably one of the frontrunners,” promoter Eddie Hearn recently told iFL TV.

Where?

“People have this perception that Nigeria is a place that makes fire by rubbing twigs together. It’s a very powerful economy with a huge middle-class sector and actually it’s a country that has a number of major events already – particularly pop music concerts."

“The infrastructure is there,” the Matchroom Promotions chief continued. “Obviously, it’s difficult for us because there’s never been a major fight before – but that’s challenging. I like that.”

Despite what Hearn says, Nigeria is still probably a formidable longshot. Nevertheless, if Nigeria wants Klitschko vs Joshua 2 bad enough they could get it.

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Joshua vs Klitschko 2 - The Rematch 
Date: TBD
Location: TBD
Venue: TBD

Broadcast (not confirmed): 
SKY Sports (UK); Showtime (U.S.), HBO (Delayed U.S.)

Division:
 Heavyweight
Titles: WBA / IBF (or just the IBF alone)

Champion: Joshua (IBF/WBA)
Presumed Favorite: Joshua

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Ali vs Foreman
The epic heavyweight title bout between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in 1974 was held in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo), an unlikely place also in Africa. The event was one of Don King's first ventures as a professional boxing promoter. 

King managed to get Ali and Foreman to sign separate contracts saying they would fight for him if he could get a $5 million purse. However, as King did not have the money, he began seeking an outside country to sponsor the event. Zaire's dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, eager for the publicity such a high-profile event would bring, asked for the fight to be held in his country.

Nigeria facts

  • Nigeria is located in West Africa, it shares a land border with Benin, Chad, Cameroon, and Niger.
  • The British colonized Nigeria in the late 19th century through to 1960 when Nigeria became independent.
  • Nigeria is a member of both the British Commonwealth and the African Union.
  • Nigeria has a population of nearly 175 million people (174,507,539) as of July 2013, making it the most populous country in Africa, and the 7th most populous country in the world.
  • The largest city in Nigeria is Lagos with an estimated population of around 21 million people.
  • The capital city is of Nigeria is Abuja, which was planned out and then built in the 1980s, officially replacing Lagos as the capital in 1991.
  • English is the official language of Nigeria, and is used in education, business and for official purposes. In rural areas, indigenous languages of Yoruba and Igbo are more commonly spoken. There are also many other minority languages.
  • Nigeria has high levels of oil reserves and relies a lot on crude oil exports.
  • Nigeria's national basketball team qualified for the 2012 Olympics and the country has exported a few players to America's NBA including Hakeem Olajuwon.
 
Lee Cleveland

Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.


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