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The IBF, WBA, and WBO titles are all on the line on April 29.

How Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko reacted to news of Wembley showdown

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It won't be long before we see Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko trade blows at Wembley Stadium in front of a sellout 90,000 people.

With all the hype surrounding the upcoming fight, it seems fair to say that both of these heavyweights wanted the fight as much as the fans did.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Eddie Hearn and Bernd Boente have recently given their versions of the negotiations for the showdown.

Hearn initially started talks ever since Klitschko's rematch with Tyson Fury was cancelled and both fighters were very keen to step into the ring with each other.

Boente, Klitschko's manager, revealed the Ukrainian's enthusiasm for the challenge, saying: "He said that's a fantastic opportunity. Wladimir accepted it right away. He was very frustrated at Fury cancelling the fight a second time."

Hearn revealed Joshua's response, as a man eager to prove himself as a champion: "This was a team decision that was discussed and accepted very quickly. We feel like he's had his defences and now it's time to gamble."

However, despite the enthusiasm of both fighters, it was clear that the rematch cancellations had frustrated Klitschko's camp, which affected negotiations, according to Hearn.

"We had to earn that trust and build that trust. When we overcome the contract, which was excessive and difficult - as it would be with two fighters of this size - the relationship has been excellent. We all have worked together diligently."

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When it came to location, both parties had no issues agreeing on Wembley. While Klitschko seemingly content on whatever venue he would fight in, Hearn was euphoric over the prospect of Wembley.

"It was always there. We knew that Wembley had this potential date in April. I guess the only gamble is the weather, with Wembley. We looked at the Millennium Stadium as well. I just think Wembley is the national stadium. As great as the Millennium stadium is, Wembley is the pinnacle."

Of course, the IBF, WBA, and WOC titles were an influential factor for the two fighters, and they are not looking anywhere else for the time being should they win.

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Boente: "There is only one opponent in Wladimir Klitschko's mind and that is Anthony Joshua. We don't look any further than that. Wladimir never did that. For him, only the Joshua fight is important."

Hearn: "Because of the size of this fight, I have not really thought about it. Everything is just on the line on April 29. Deontay Wilder will be ringside, that's a natural fight. Joseph Parker is another fight as well, but it's all about winning."

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