While Cardiff and Nigeria were mooted as early front runners to stage the highly anticipated Joshua – Klitschko rematch, the fight seems more likely to land in the world Boxing Mecca of Las Vegas according to all available intelligence and covert whispers from those in the know.

Declan Taylor of The Independent reported that Eddie Hearn flew to Vegas last week accompanied by Matchroom Head of Boxing, Frank Smith, and the WBA/IBF heavyweight champion’s commercial manager, Freddy Cunningham for talks regarding the lucrative encore of a memorable slugfest at Wembley Stadium back in May.

Before we get ahead of ourselves , it’s worth remembering that longstanding former king pin, Klitschko, has yet to formally commit to a rematch or confirm any decision to continue his storied career just yet.

Certainly, it is thought that Wlad wasn’t keen on Cardiffs Principality Stadium as a location for renewing their differences and it’s unlikely that AJ would be enthused about defending his bets in Germany at a time when he holds all the aces.

Las Vegas would seem to constitute a logical and lucrative compromise and a close source whose anonymity shall remain sacrosanct has told me bank on the second Saturday in November at the T-Mobile Arena.

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