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Joshua is a three belt champion after beating 41-year-old Klitschko.

Anthony Joshua may look to vacate IBF belt already

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One of the biggest fights in boxing history saw Anthony Joshua become a champion of three belts by knocking out Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round.

It really was a fight for the ages, with a sell-out crowd of 90,000 people inside Wembley Stadium and millions of fans watching it in their local pubs or at home.

Now, the fans may get another episode in the Joshua v Klitschko saga, as it has been revealed by the Mirror that Joshua is willing to vacate his IBF title for a rematch with Klitschko.

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A rematch clause was always in the contract, and with Klitschko also expressing interest in another face off, the prospect is very likely indeed.

This would mean that mandatory IBF challenger Kubrat Pulev would not get his shot at the title at all.

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The Sun reports Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn, saying: “We don’t want to drop the IBF belt, but if we have to, we’ll have no problem doing exactly that.

“We won’t let boxing politics get in the way of AJ’s progression. Ideally, we want all the belts but when you get close, it becomes difficult because of situations like this.

“We could look to do a deal with Pulev and try to make an interim bout for the belt — with the winner of that to face AJ.”

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Should this rematch go ahead, it could be worth £100 million, double that of their first clash, with China as a proposed venue, providing a more lucrative option than fighting the Bulgarian Pulev.

Hearn spoke about the possible rematch venue to the Mirror: “China’s more likely than America for the next fight. We’ve had some conversations out there.

“Huge market, huge money. China is a real possibility. My dad Barry’s just done a big snooker deal out there for 10 years.”

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Such a move could prove crucial for Joshua's billionaire ambitions, having earned £15 million for his fight in Wembley, as the worldwide appeal is needed to secure that dream.

Hearn said: “It’s hard to become a billionaire making £10m or £15m a fight.

“But if he boxed on pay-per-view in America as well as here, then you can start talking about £30, £40, £50m a fight – and he could have 20 fights left.”

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