Anthony Joshua, Wladimir Klitcshko Agree $36 million Fight

By Ikenga Chronicles October 18, 2016

Anthony Joshua, Wladimir Klitcshko Agree $36 million Fight

IBF heavy weight champion, Anthony Joshua and 40- year-old Wladmir Klitschko have reportedly set up a fight for December 10.

Joshua with a Nigerian root and Klitschko will be splitting up to $36 million [£30m] for their fight.

With that kind of cash at stake, it’s not surprising that the faded Klitschko has chosen to put himself at a disadvantage by agreeing to fight Joshua in the United Kingdom rather than insisting on fighting in a neutral venue.

Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, is expected to make the announcement for the Joshua-Klitschko fight this week.

One of the sticking points that has slowed up the negotiations was the HBO-Showtime angle. Joshua is under contract with Showtime, while Wladimir is with HBO. Hearn had to work all that out in order to get the fight put together.

It’s unclear whether both networks will televise the fight. As important as the match is, it’s hard not to believe that both networks will be airing the fight on December 10.

At 40, Wladimir clearly isn’t the top heavyweight in the division any longer. You can argue that Wladimir isn’t even the No.5 heavyweight right now, as he’s lost a lot from his game.

Wladimir is now rated below the ranks of Deontay Wilder, Joshua, Luis Ortiz, Joseph Parker and David Hayes but his name-recognition above the other heavyweights makes the fight between him and Joshua big despite not being the heavyweight that he was 10 years ago or even two years ago.

This will be Joshua’s second title defense of his International Boxing Federation title that he won last April after defeating Charles Martin in a second round knockout.

In Joshua’s first defense, he beat #13 IBF fringe contender, Dominic Breazeale, in a mseventh round TKO.

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