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Eddie Hearn reveals potential date for Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury

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Anthony Joshua has the world at his feet following Saturday's TKO victory over Wladimir Klitschko.

As the unified world heavyweight champion, having won the WBA and IBO titles at Wembley, the 27-year-old is now widely regarded as boxing's hottest commodity.

Even the United States can't get enough of him, with Joshua reportedly turning down offers to appear on a number of high-profile chat shows in favour of rest.

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Among those to have expressed interest in talking to Joshua are the Jimmy Fallon Show, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and Good Morning America.

"The agent asked to have Joshua for 36 hours and in that time he could get him on all the major TV shows in America," a source told The Sun.

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"But the time wasn't right, even though American audiences are desperate to get to know the man considered the new superstar of boxing.

"He will commit to the shows at some point in the near future, but not now. He wants to spend time with his nearest and dearest first."

The next couple of weeks will give Joshua time to reflect upon what he achieved on Saturday.

Not only did he become unified champion, but he extended his unbeaten run in professional boxing to 19 fights, all of which won by knockout.

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But soon it will be time for Joshua to decide who to face next, with Klitschko, Kubrat Pulev, Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker all potential opponents.

One name missing from that shortlist is Tyson Fury, who is reportedly shedding weight and regaining fitness ahead of a highly-anticipated return to boxing.

But he won't get his shot at Joshua for quite some time yet, with promoter Eddie Hearn revealing April 2018 as a potential date for their fight.

"Believe me when I say that there is nothing that I or AJ would want more than to see Tyson back in the ring, but it won't be next - Tyson just won't be ready," Hearn wrote for the Daily Mail.

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"Physically he is not at the races and he has a lot to resolve in terms of his doping hearing and getting his licence back. Those have to be sorted before we can make anything happen.

"If they do get sorted, then it is a huge option for us in the short to mid-term future. We all know that AJ would love that fight.

"As it stands, I think the best chance of a Fury fight is April 2018, at Wembley.

"That depends on a successful defence in October or November and everything falling into place for Fury. If it does, that will be another incredible night for an incredible fighter."

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