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Eddie Hearn reveals when Anthony Joshua will fight again

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After Anthony Joshua’s incredible victory over Wladimir Klitschko last weekend, boxing fans are no doubt already excited for his next fight.

And the IBF, WBA and IBO world heavyweight champion certainly isn’t short of offers for his next fight after he knocked down the ageing Ukrainian in the 11th round to unify the division.

After his 19th consecutive victory, Joshua has to think long and hard about his next career move.

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But when will that be?

Well, his promoter Eddie Hearn has explained when we can expect to see Joshua aiming for his 20th win - and it's sooner than you may think.

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Joshua's plan

“I think every fighter, after going through a fight like that, the first thing they tell you the week after is that they just want to get back into the gym, and they are going to do this, and improve on that, and they don’t want too long to be laid off," Hearn told Sky Sports.

“Then, after about five days, they turn around and say ‘I want to go on holiday'.

“So, we are on that period. I saw Anthony was swimming this morning and shadow boxing under water.

“I am guessing in the next 48 hours, he will say ‘I want to go on holiday, I need a break,’ so that will come.

“Speaking to (Joshua’s trainer) Rob McCracken yesterday – October, November, is probably the kind of date you will see Anthony Joshua back in the ring.”

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Joshua's next opponent 

But who will that be against?

Well, immediately after his victory, Joshua called out former champion Tyson Fury. Unsurprisingly, Fury soon responded by claiming he could beat Joshua with one hand tied behind his back.

But then there’s the possibility of a rematch with Klitschko, while WBA mandatory Luis Ortiz insists he can beat Joshua. Kubrat Pulev will also be eyeing up an IBF fight.

And Hearn is unsure who Joshua’s opponent will actually be come October or November.

“(There are) various options, you’ve got the mandatory situation to deal with, with Pulev," he said.

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“You have got a potential rematch with Wladimir Klitschko, which would be a great fight again.

“So, [we will] just take our time, assess the situation, keep doing all the things we have been doing to get to this stage, because they have all been successful.”

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