The Garden won't be Eden for Jeff Horn, whose welterweight title fight against pound-for-pound ace Terence Crawford will now unfold at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas instead of New York City.
Horn, the WBO champion, looked as if he would defend his belt against the brilliant Nebraskan at Madison Square Garden on April 14. But a late change will see the fight moved back to Nevada, where Top Rank's Bob Arum originally wanted it to be held.
Arum had hoped to use the biggest venue in the city, the T-Mobile Arena, to showcase Crawford to a wider audience. The bout will now take place at Mandalay Bay's Events Centre, which can seat 12,000 and has been a regular host to boxing and combat sports since it opened in the late 1990s.
A deal has yet to be finalised but Horn's promoter Dean Lonergan, from Duco, said it was only a matter of time once the venue was locked down in the US. He estimated pens would be put to paper within a week, while Horn has already been in hard training for what will easily be the biggest challenge of his career.
Lonergan said Horn's purse, which they won't reveal but has been estimated at $2m, won't change and the move to Las Vegas would only help his cause given the added travel and jet lag issues on America's east coast.