Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Wladimir Klitschko is scheduled to take place on November 11 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, according to promoter, Eddie Hearn.
The Nigerian-born Joshua stunned Ukrainian Klitschko in an epic world heavyweight title battle at Wembley, where the 27-year old knocked out the 41-year old in the 11th round, last April.
Klitschko has yet to officially order the rematch, but Hearn has been locked in talks with his team and putting things in place in anticipation of the second fight going ahead.
Joshua, after stopping Klitschko at Wembley in April, recorded his 19th straight knock out wins in 19 professional fights; rising greatly in profile as a result.
An announcement about the bout is expected within a fortnight, with Joshua set to face Kubrat Pulev, the IBF’s mandatory contender from Bulgaria, in Cardiff on October 28 should Klitschko turn it down.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Hearn said: “I’ve been in Vegas with AJ, officially applying for my Nevada boxing licence to promote there and that went well.
“I met with the MGM and met with the T-Mobile Arena. Vegas is the front-runner and November 11 is the date that is pencilled in.
“It will probably take a couple of weeks to get everything over the line, but I believe Klitschko will take this fight and believe Vegas will be the one.”